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O3b space network set to launch

An innovative new space network goes into orbit on Monday.

O3b will put a series of satellites 8,000km above the Earth to provide communications to those parts of the world that have poor fibre optic infrastructure.

With backing from blue chip companies such as Google, O3b believes its novel system can change the broadband experience for millions of people.

O3b CEO Steve Collar described the inspiration for the new system to our correspondent Jonathan Amos.