O3b Networks delivers broadband connectivity everywhere on Earth within 45 degrees of latitude north and south of the equator.
Our vast coverage area includes emerging and insufficiently connected markets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, with a collective population of over 3 billion people.
Phi Beta Iota: The coverage is potentially Earth-changing. There is smart money behind this outfit, and there is Google. This could be Google’s play to capture the three billion poor with a monopoly on cell phones and solar-powered Internet hubs. It could also be Allen & Company‘s play to get a lock–proprietary access to the aggregate cloud, one step ahead of Goldman Sachs, with built-in latency. Learn more about Google as a predatory threat (Wal-Mart in cyber-space): The Google Trilogy. Google is a totally impressive math-crunch on data funded by fantasy cash. If and when the US and global economies melt down completely, Google will be broke. Google is pushing the cloud because right now Google not only does not have access to 90% of the relevant information (most of it analog or offline), but it also wants to be able to show searchers what someone else has paid to have shown. Google has refused since its inception to be serious about analytics and sense-making and human-centered information-sharing– nor is Allen & Company at all interested in “true cost” information and holistic analytics that would put industrial era capitalism out of business while empowering bottom-up community and social capitalism. So, now that we have seen that the US Government is incapable of honest regulatory oversight, the question arises: who and how will these people be kept honest? Or more to the point, is now the time when We the Collective outspend financial manipulators to achieve sustainable integrity for the three billion new billionaires? This is not to say that O3b is bad–it could be the salvation of the planet that leads directly to the creation of infinite wealth and therefore a prosperous planet at peace–but all those associated with O3b are “old capitalists” not “new social media” spirits, and our reservations can therefore be understood as respectful but well-founded.
Very substantial price reduction per VSAT is possible if the bandwidth is shared, typically with contention ratios of 1:5 to 1:100, giving an average bit rate per VSAT terminals of 10kbit/s down and 2.5kbit/s up, giving prices like:
1000k/250k link will cost $175 per month (shared, contention ratio 1:50)
100k/25k link will cost $87.5 per month (shared, contention ratio 1:5)