O3b Networks and SpeedCast International have announced an agreement with Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Kiribati Limited (ATHKL) to provide connectivity over the O3b satellite network to consumers, businesses and government customers in Kiribati. The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has a population of about 100,000 living on 33 atolls and islands, across 3.5 million square kilometres of ocean, and a press release states that the O3b network’s high throughput and low latency satellite broadband connectivity offers major advantages over existing geostationary (GEO) satellites in such circumstances. Kiribati is in the final stages of testing its O3b link, and will first deploy the service to Tarawa, the largest island in the country. The multi-year agreement provides flexibility to expand capacity where required, to ensure the Fijian-owned ATHKL (formerly Telecom Services Kiribati Ltd) can provide high performance connectivity for applications such as HD video, e-commerce, online education and cloud services.
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