O3b Networks has signed a contract with Digicel Pacific to increase satellite capacity and bring state-of-the-art mobile connectivity to the remote Micronesian Island of Nauru, the company said.
The republic of Nauru is the smallest state in the South Pacific, with approximately 10,000 residents populating a 21-square-kilometre area. With its closest neighbour settled nearly 300 kilometres to the east, Nauru is remote and far beyond the reach of traditional fiber connectivity. Digicel Pacific has been providing connectivity over the O3b satellite-enabled network to the island since January 2015, and has since upgraded its bandwidth by 108.6% over a series of three upgrades.
With this boost in O3b´s connectivity service, Digicel Pacific has deployed 4G/LTE mobile services, supporting the island of Nauru in driving significant economic and social development through enhanced mobile services. The high-throughput, low-latency connectivity provided by O3b´s constellation of Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites will give Nauru residents the fast and reliable mobile data experience needed to join an increasingly digitized international community.