Level 3 to provide satellite gateway for O3b Networks

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BROOMFIELD -- Level 3 Communications will provide a satellite gateway for O3b Networks, a global satellite service provider targeting enterprise and government customers in emerging markets.

O3b, which is short for "Other Three Billion," delivers broadband connectivity everywhere on Earth within 45 degrees of latitude north and south of the Equator. The company focuses on emerging and insufficiently connected markets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.

The company says it is building a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators and Internet service providers. Level 3 has signed an agreement to provide a North American satellite gateway for O3b.

The gateway will provide transport services to allow O3b to link its Gigabit IP network connectivity and bandwidth services to customers located in the U.S., Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico region.

"Level 3 gives us the infrastructure we need to provide low latency, high-speed IP services to under-served and remote areas," says Chris Schram, Executive VP of Operations for O3b Networks. "With the help of Level 3's secure, reliable transport, O3b is building a global system that delivers the high quality connectivity enjoyed by major world capitals to the under-served and unconnected."

O3b is headquartered in Jersey, a British Crown dependency in the Channel Islands, just off the coast of Normandy, France.