O3b Networks is building a new fiber-quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone network for Telecommunications Operators (Telcos) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) reaching over 150 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The O3b Networks system will combine global reach and the speed of a fiber-optic network. With investments and operational support from SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina and Satya Capital, the O3b system will provide Telcos and ISPs with a low-cost, high-speed alternative to connect their networks to the rest of the world. This will allow billions of people to benefit from high-speed internet connectivity. O3b Networks’ headquarters is in St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands.
Steve Collar is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of O3b Networks. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Collar was Senior Vice President Market Development at SES WORLD SKIES, Steve Collar led the division's efforts to expand its satellite, and service portfolio, including the design of new spacecraft and products. In addition, he oversaw the company's long-range strategic planning activities. He was responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions and was responsible for SES' acquisition of ProtoStar 2 among other things. Mr Collar was intimately involved in SES' investment in O3b Networks; he was on the Board of Directors for the company and now serves as CEO. Mr Collar originally joined New Skies Satellites (now SES WORLD SKIES) in 1999.