Andrew 7.3m Antenna delivered to SES/O3b satellite operator in Chad, Africa.

Andrew 7.3m Antenna delivered to SES/O3b satellite operator in Chad, Africa

In July 2018 satellite operator SES/O3b requested Skybrokers to support them with an urgent project in Chad, Africa. We had to provide a 7 to 8m C-band antenna with motorization and tracking. Since we are stocking antennas, we could easily support this request and an Andrew 7.3m Antenna System was completely refurbished and packed for Airfreight to Africa. A local crew conducted the installation and antenna was successfully commissioned in October 2018.

O3b Networks (SES Networks) was a global satellite service provider operating a constellation of 12 Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites, servicing telecommunications operators, Internet service providers and enterprise and government customers in Latin America, Africa, the Middle-East and the Asia Pacific. O3b is short for the “other 3 billion” people that do not have ready access to the Internet.

O3b was head quartered in St. Helier, Jersey with an operational head office in The Hague, Netherlands. In 2016 O3b Networks became a wholly owned subsidiary of satellite operator SES S.A. O3b Networks was renamed as SES Networks, a division of SES. The satellites themselves, now part of the SES fleet, continue to use the O3b name.


Andrew Corporation was an international supplier of communications equipment, systems, and services. Among the company’s principal products are coaxial cable, connectors, and systems used in various telecommunications systems; a variety of (microwave) antennas and antenna systems and special application antennas used in cellular systems, navigation, FM and television broadcasting, multipoint distribution services, instructional television, radar systems, and surveillance systems; and wireless accessories, including portable antennas, batteries, battery chargers, paging accessories, and hands-free kits. About 57% of revenues were generated in the area of coaxial cable systems and bulk cables.

Andrew had eight manufacturing plants in the US and additional factories in Canada, Australia, Scotland, Brazil, China, and India and 4,500 employees; nearly half of revenues stem from products exported from the US or manufactured abroad. Andrew sales in 1999 exceeded 791 million USD.

Two manufacturing facilities in the USA and Canada were remaining after restructuring the company in ’97 and ’98. The company supported customers from 35 countries across Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Americas with a worldwide Sales Support organization.