Thursday, March 21, 2013

O3b taps Norsat to provide microwave components for ground terminals

Canadian satcom company Norsat International will be updating its portfolio soon as it has been chosen to be the authorized supplier of microwave components for O3b Networks’ ground terminals.

For O3b’s launch of the company’s next-gen Ka-band satellite constellation, Norsat will supply O3b with custom-made frequency 5W and 10W Block Upconverters (BUCs) and Low-Noise Blocks Downconverters (LNBs). O3b’s constellation aims to provide telecommunications and data backhaul from remote locations, as well as deliver consumer broadband Internet services to maritime customers. The multi-million dollar, multi-year project aims to incorporate Norsat’s LNBs into maritime systems so O3b can deliver high-speed satellite broadband service at sea by summer of this year.

In a company statement, Norsat President and CEO Dr. Aimee Chan noted: “We’re pleased to be selected as a preferred vendor to O3b Networks and look forward to building the first Medium Earth Orbit satellite constellation through this partnership. The customizations we’ve introduced to our leading edge microwave products make them ideal for projects with high reliability requirements, such as communications at sea. This new partnership with O3b is another milestone as we deliver on our mission to develop innovative communications products and services for challenging applications and environments.”

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