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Global satellite services provider for telecommunications operators and ISPs, O3b, is set to deliver trunking services via managed Australian network provider SpeedCast, enabling the first broadband Internet access on Christmas Island.

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.

In future, CIIA will be using O3b’s next-generation IP trunking solution, O3bTrunk that will boost existing link capacities to rival the throughput and latency of terrestrial fibre, while avoiding the prohibitive cost of laying an undersea cable to the island.

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.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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