O3b Networks opens Operational Headquarters in The Hague
O3b Networks, developer of a new satellite-based network, opens headquarters in The Hague
The Hague, 13 September 2011 - On Monday, September 12th, the official opening of the Operational Headquarters of O3b Networks took place in The Hague. O3b Networks is a developer of a new satellite-based network, which will allow fast internet access in parts of the world where internet connectivity has either been limited thus far or not available at all. From the location in The Hague, the company‘s worldwide activities will be coordinated. They are starting with 20 employees and expect to double the number in the coming year.
O3b - the ‘Other 3 billion‘ - focuses on the development of a satellite network that will provide access to broadband internet for all regions across the globe 45° south and 45° north of the equator. The network will cover nearly all developing countries, with a total population number of some 3 billion people.
All O3b‘s worldwide activities which include product development, finance and marketing will be managed from their Operational Headquarters in The Hague. They expect to grow quickly. O3b has already started recruitment efforts for new employees in a variety of functions.
"I am delighted to be celebrating the opening of our operational headquarters here in The Hague. I have lived in The Hague for more than ten years and from experience I know it is a great international base from which to work. It also has a very high number of professionals and as we are recruiting locally as well, that is attractive to us", according to Steve Collar, CEO at O3b Networks.
Henk Kool, Alderman for Economic Affairs at the City of The Hague and Chairman of the Board of Participants at the WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency (WFIA): "The City of The Hague is very pleased with O3b‘s choice. We are convinced the employees of O3b will truly enjoy living and working in our international city. We are confident that O3b will be able to connect people all over the world from The Hague.”
WFIA and NFIA
In the decision making process, active roles were played by the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), its regional partner WFIA and the City of The Hague. Based on a thorough location bid book and introductions to the tax authorities and services providers for housing and recruitment, the company eventually decided on The Hague. During the follow-up process, the NFIA provided support for knowledge migrant applications and the immigration of O3b employees.
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