Sales Director, Pacific, O3b Networks
John Turnbull leads O3b’s Pacific sales efforts. Prior to joining O3b Networks, John served as State Manager for Nextgen Networks, where he was responsible for South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Before this, John held the National Wholesale Manager position from 2006 to 2008 with Silk telecom, with responsibility for all Carrier Sales nationally. From 2004 to 2006, John served as the Wholesale manager at ETSA Telecoms and transforming it from an unknown electricity distribution company to the provider of choice for Internet and mobile backhaul solutions in Metropolitan and Regional South Australia. During this time at ETSA and Silk, his team secured major contracts with all major Australian Carriers and ISP’s.
Early in his career, John worked for Telstra, Reach and Optus. With 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry John also holds an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.
Topical Session 10: Satellite
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have made broadband internet access for developing nations a priority in the 21st century. The former declared that broadband connectivity is "critical in fostering sustainable economic development and job creation, and is strategic to the goals of reducing poverty, enhancing job opportunities, and fostering trade integration." Mainland countries consider high-speed internet access a "given", but for more than three billion people in the world, traditional fiber connection isn't an option.
O3b's satellite technology is deployed faster than fiber and can be relocated without relaying subterranean cable—a process that is costly, inefficient, and often impossible. Recent O3b initiatives demonstrate how Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites are bringing communications infrastructure to remote areas include:
In Papua New Guinea (PNG) and other Pacific Nations, O3b’s satellite technology has directly impacted educational opportunities. With access to reliable high-speed internet, staff and students can now use services like Google Classroom, digital teaching materials, webcasts and video conferencing to enhance curricula.
Reliable broadband access also provides high-definition e-health initiatives to improve patient care. Medical providers on Christmas Island and East Timor can bridge the gap between the care they provide and specialists on the Australian mainland, allowing island residents to receive better treatment.
Broadband connectivity means ISPs, Telcos, businesses and governments can use enterprise resource planning (ERP), remote applications, real-time invoicing and online ordering, all enabled by fiber-optic-like bandwidth, allowing them to be competitive in the 21st century market.
In this roundtable discussion, the following topics will be debated:
· The deployment of MEO satellites vs. alternative solutions (geostationary, fiber, low orbit satellite, etc.)
· The effect of MEO satellites on telemedicine, education, government, maritime, etc.
· Is all connectivity created equal? Has the digital divide really been closed if connectivity isn’t of equal quality to the rest of the world?