Optus will add a new satellite, Optus 10, to it’s A/NZ fleet making it the largest in the company’s and Australia’s history.
Optus 10 will be delivered in 2013 and built in Palo Alto, California, by Space Systems/Loral. This follows the expansion of Australia’s satellite fleet with the state-of-the-art D-Series satellites launched in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Optus provides satellite services to Australia and NZ government departments, premium companies and broadcasters including Foxtel, ABC, SBS, Seven Network, Nine Network, Globecast Australia, UBI and Sky TV New Zealand.
It's satellite facility is located in Belrose, NSW.
Optus managing director Optus wholesale and satellite, Vicki Brady, said Optus was the only full service telecommunications provider in Australia with the ability to harness the additional capability that satellite communication offers.
It launched the first of Australia’s satellite fleet 25 years ago.
“Optus 10 will provide more capacity to the Optus satellite fleet as well as enhancing the resilience of the fleet for the benefit of the entire Trans-Tasman market,” Brady said. “It will deliver customers the flexibility to provide high quality broadcast services to households, and two-way voice and data communication services to areas in and around Australia and NZ well into the future.
Space Systems/Loral is a provider of commercial satellites. It works closely with a broad range of international satellite operators and service providers to deliver spacecraft for direct-to-home television, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, digital multimedia broadcasting and other services.