O3b Networks, Interactive E Solutions sign broadband deal for Pakistan

by Staff Reporter | April 1st, 2013

Interactive Group Chairman and CEO Shahid Mahmud

Interactive E Solutions, reportedly the biggest ICT company in Pakistan, has entered a USD 100 million agreement with satellite provider O3b Networks to provide broadband coverage for the entire country.

O3b will reportedly be responsible for providing fibre-like speed at sub 150 millisecond latency at competitive prices

This includes trunking services to underserved regions, as well as cellular backhaul for mobile operators and enterprise and e-government services all over the country. O3b will reportedly be responsible for providing fibre-like speed at sub 150 millisecond latency at competitive prices.

In a company statement, Interactive Group Chairman and CEO Shahid Mahmud said they strongly believe that the market of Pakistan offers an immense appetite for bandwidth and data, and that they are happy Interactive will have a contribution to the increase of broadband by using cutting edge technology. He added, “We firmly believe that together we will usher in a new era of internet usage, proliferating the positive effects of connectivity amongst the people of Pakistan.”

Meanwhile, O3b Networks Steve Collar added, “Pakistan, with its burgeoning population and growing economy is in desperate need for state of the art communications infrastructure. By overcoming the geographical hurdles presented by mountainous terrain, working together with Interactive we can ensure that broadband connectivity is available across the entire country.”

The satellite fleet of O3b allows, the company claims, for affordable, high-speed connectivity in remote places where fibre offerings and traditional satellite are not available or are extremely expensive.

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