Orbiters Set To Increase American Samoa Broadband Usage
O3b Networks will provide as much as 1.2 Gbps of future broadband connectivity to the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA). O3b Networks is launching a Middle Earth Orbit satellite constellation to provide fiber speed and satellite reach to Pacific Island nations, and it will go commercial later this year. ASTCA will continue to serve customers via an existing submarine fiber-optic connection to the ASH cable; however, on the first day the O3b constellation is operational, ASTCA will double the broadband capacity available to territory residents. This deal also helps boost American Samoa’s low 4.5-percent broadband penetration. Now that ASTCA won’t need expensive backhaul, more Samoans will be able to get online.

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