Optus has signed a five year deal with the West Australian government to provide satellite broadcasting services to remote areas of the state.
The deal will see Optus deliver public broadcaster, Westlink an enhanced satellite service through the Optus Aurora Digital Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) platform.
Westlink hosts a range of vital public health and education television broadcast services throughout the state on VAST Channel 602.
Optus will continue to support the Department of Regional Development and Lands in the carriage of regional television through Westlink.
Optus has been operating the Aurora Digital platform since mid-2010, when the VAST television broadcasters commenced transmission on this platform. It uses the latest MPEG4 and DVB-S2 technologies, providing a more efficient use of bandwidth and a better viewer experience for end-users.
Optus managing director, wholesale and satellite, Robert Parcell, said it worked closely with the Department since 1992 to provide satellite communications services.
"It represents a major upgrade to an enhanced, digital-quality health and education service on the Optus Aurora Digital platform,” he said.
Westlink manager Bob Glover said the service made it easier for people living in rural and remote communities to access services from private and public agencies.
Broadcasters such as the ABC, SBS, Southern Cross, WIN, GWN7 and Imparja use the Optus Aurora Digital platform to deliver the VAST service, which is now available to over 156,000 households.