Under the agreement to service the Australian territorial island, O3b will provide SpeedCast’s customer, the Christmas Island Internet Administration (CIIA) with high throughput, low latency connectivity to facilitate broadband access.
The CIIA, a community-owned, non-profit Christmas Island Company which owns and operates the only not-for-profit ISP in the territory, has been relying on geostationary satellite (GEO) connectivity for internet access, also provided by SpeedCast.
The use of O3b satellites, which are closer to the earth than GEO satellites, reduces latency, increases internet speed and improves voice and video quality for the user.
Speedcast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier said a dramatic improvement in performance with a 3-fold increase in capacity and a 75% reduction in latency, was exepected with the new deployment.
Beylier said the deployment would greatly enhance the service that CIIA is currently using today. "Our customer, CIIA, will be able to offer their end-users the best Internet connection available, further cementing their position as the ISP of choice for all of Christmas Island."
O3b VP Asia, Imran Malik said, because Christmas Island does not have an undersea cable, but relies completely on satellite for communication, only O3b can provide the throughput needed to bring true broadband to subscribers.
"We are very excited to bring our high throughput, low latency solution to Christmas Island via SpeedCast, and expect residents will see an immediate improvement in their internet experience.”