September 05, 2013
O3b Networks, Kymeta Join to Develop Flat Panel Satellite Antennas
By Shamila Janakiraman
O3b Networks and Kymeta Corporation -- a provider of innovative software-enabled metamaterials-based, electronic-beam forming antennas for satellite communications -- have inked an agreement to further the development of flat panel satellite antennas for the O3b network.
The antennas, which are designed to be thin and light, and the Kymeta terminals along with O3b Networks’ high speed, low latency Internet services, are expected to launch several new markets on a global scale. O3b, a global satellite service provider, will be soon launching its next-generation satellite constellation for satellite services with fiber-like speeds.
Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks said, “At O3b, we are striving to bring the benefits of affordable, low latency bandwidth to a growing number of people around the world and to delivering an ever-expanding set of applications.”
The unique satellite tracking antennas and terminals will be developed by the companies and will be most suitable for the fast and affordable satellite services that O3b will be offering. A prototype will be ready by the end of 2014 and the companies are planning to announce a range of antenna and terminal products with various form factors.
Kymeta’s flat, light and low maintenance antennas will deliver powerful, high-performance solutions to O3b customers. Kymeta antennas will have utility across all of the O3b market segments. The two companies have partnered together to develop the new game-changing technology, Collar added.
“We are excited to expand our strategic relationship with O3b. O3b’s network with fiber-like speeds is a natural fit for Kymeta antennas that electronically acquire and track non-geostationary satellites. The O3b network architecture is a perfect fit for Kymeta’s unique technology and capabilities,” said Bob McCambridge, president and COO of Kymeta.
O3b, which is short for ‘Other Three Billion’, focuses on emerging and insufficiently connected markets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. Under the agreement, Level 3 is providing transport services via a satellite gateway, which will allow O3b to link its Gigabit IP network connectivity and bandwidth services to customers located in the US, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico regions.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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