ST. HELIER, Jersey--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--O3b Networks today announced an agreement with Digicel to boost broadband capacity to support the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Convention & Board Meeting, being held in Apia, Samoa from Sunday, 11 December – Thursday, 15 December.
“Today, six Pacific Island countries have received $1.3 Million USD through The Green Climate Fund’s Readiness and Precatory Support Program”
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change created GCF to advance a global response to climate change, and to mobilise funding for low-emission and climate-resilient development. GCF is a unique global initiative, governed by an independent board of 24 members that represent 12 developed and 12 developing countries. To date, the GCF board has raised more than $10 Billion USD to fund investments in both mitigation and adaptation that support the goal of keeping Earth’s temperature increase below two degrees Celsius.
GCF mandates 280Mbps of dedicated bandwidth for meetings to support 360 participants. In order for Samoa to meet those requirements, government officials worked with Digicel and O3b to provide surge capacity for this important event.
O3b first provided Digicel, the leading communications operator in Samoa, with high-throughput, low-latency satellite-enabled connectivity more than two years ago. Since then, demand for the service has grown substantially and Digicel Samoa has worked with O3b to scale up link capacities, nearly doubling its contracted capacity in response.
“Today, six Pacific Island countries have received $1.3 Million USD through The Green Climate Fund’s Readiness and Precatory Support Program,” said Yvonne Steele, Digicel Regional CEO. “Allocating these funds to island nations who don’t have the resources to support climate change initiatives independently demonstrates a commitment to improving the global response to this important issue. Digicel is very pleased to support Samoa in hosting this group of dignitaries and providing the connectivity necessary for them to carry out their important work.”
“The Green Climate Fund is a massively important organisation that has already made significant strides towards impacting the global response to climate change,” said Imran Malik, VP of Asia Pacific, O3b Networks. “This meeting will be a unique chance for GCF Board members to see first-hand the climate needs and opportunities in the Pacific. O3b is honoured to assist in this effort by surging capacity in Samoa, providing the connectivity necessary for members of this organisation to carry out their important work.”
About O3b Networks Limited
O3b Networks Limited is a global managed data communications service provider operating both space based and terrestrial networks. O3b offers modern carrier-grade IP communications services and applications to ISPs, telco, governments and enterprises in the most remote and inaccessible parts of the planet. O3b Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG).
Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 15 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the presenting partner of the Caribbean Premier League. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.