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Direct On PC Ltd Nigeria signs multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with O3b Networks.

* Leading Network Operator and Internet/Intranet Services Provider in Nigeria and West Africa signs contract for high capacity, low latency bandwidth

ST. JOHN, Jersey, Channel Islands -- O3b Networks Limited (O3b) the developer of a new fibre quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone infrastructure announced today that Direct On PC Ltd (DOPC), a leading Internet and Intranet Services Provider in Nigeria and West Africa has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for services with O3b Networks, Ltd.

DOPC has selected O3b's QuickSTART and QuickVAR carrier services to significantly expand the capacity and geographic coverage of the DOPC backbone network. DOPC currently deploys satellite, wireless, and WiMax broadband solutions on cutting edge technologies for enterprise and residential customers in Nigeria and West Africa.

O3b Networks Limited, funded principally by Google Inc., Liberty Global, Inc. and HSBC Principal Investments, is building the world's first ultra-low-latency, fibre speed, satellite network. The network is designed to improve Internet access for millions of consumers and businesses in emerging and developing markets.

"After due diligence, we decided to sign for a large capacity of bandwidth to substitute for fibre connectivity across Nigeria. Especially in geographic regions where microwave and fibre connectivity will always prove a challenge", said Mahesh Sadhwani, Vice Chairman, DOPC. "With this technology we will have a 'fibre in the sky' solution for our WiMax, VOIP and Enterprise class Internet and Intranet solutions. This solution will compete with fibre class connectivity in terms of latency, uptime, pricing and will enable us to quickly deploy fibre like services anywhere in Nigeria at a very rapid pace and economical cost."

"We are thrilled that DOPC awarded O3b this significant contract after a lengthy and competitive selection process" said John Finney, EVP Global Sales and Marketing, O3b Networks, Ltd. "Carriers and service providers worldwide are realizing the significant advantages of O3b's solutions. O3b provides 'fiber quality' service from a next generation satellite platform in high capacity and low latency terms but with substantially more geographic coverage than fiber. Our services are 'carrier class' due to O3b's system wide redundancy and right price to help operators cope with the pressures of higher bandwidth requirements and competitive prices. With O3b's QuickSTART service, we provide a risk mitigated, carrier managed service that allows rapid deployment into fast developing markets around the globe."

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited is building a new fiber-quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone for telecommunications operators (telcos) and Internet service providers (ISPs) in emerging markets. The O3b Networks system will combine reach of a satellite with the speed of a fibre-optic network. With investment and operational support from Google Inc., Liberty Global, Inc. and HSBC Principal Investments, the O3b Networks system will provide telcos and ISPs with a low-cost, high-speed alternative to connect their 3G, WiMAX and fixed-line networks to the rest of the world. This will allow billions of consumers and businesses in more than 150 countries to benefit from high-speed Internet connectivity for educational, medical and commercial applications. O3b Networks Limited headquarters are located in St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands. Ground systems and technical development are managed through its wholly owned subsidiary in Englewood, Colorado. For more information visit www.o3bnetworks.com.

About Direct On PC

Direct On PC Ltd. is the leading Internet Service Provider in Nigeria, providing enterprise, corporate and retail solutions encompassing intranet, Internet, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and end-to-end network solutions. DOPC has installed over 5000 VSATs in 95 cities in Nigeria and other West African countries. DOPC has deployed WiMAX network in 3 cities & FWA network in 4 cities of Nigeria. DOPC has made substantial investments in satellite space segment, technology, bandwidth, manpower, and infrastructure. The company has relationships with leading vendors to provide the most updated technology and services in the country & has won many awards including the award for best ISP for last six years. The company is a member of Bhojraj Chanrai Group and is headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria with branches in Port Harcourt and Abuja. For additional information, please visit www.directonpc.com.
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