7 Aug 2013

American Samoa broadband upgrade moves to next phase

10:28 am on 7 August 2013

The US company contracted to upgrade broadband services for American Samoa has announced its first four satellites have cleared in-orbit testing following their launch in June.

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority selected O3b Networks earlier this year to provide low latency, high capability satellite broadband for the territory.

The company is to provide up to 1.2 Giga bits per second of future broadband connectivity for Internet and other services for American Samoa.

The company has now taken over control and operation of the first four satellites from their manufacturer Thales Alenia Space.

O3b is scheduled to launch its next four satellites on September the 30th and the company will formally launch its commercial service later in the year.