Optus adds $19.5m contract to Department of Defence relationship

Optus adds $19.5m contract to Department of Defence relationship

Agreement involves command control of Optus C1 satellite Defence payload

Optus has extended its partnership with the Australian Department of Defence through a four-year contract worth $A19.5 million.

The agreement adds to the telecommunications provider’s satellite engagements with the Department following the launch of its C1 satellite last year.

The Department will use its existing satellite payload on C1 to support its Australian and regional operations.

The contract involves command control of the C1 Defence payload, and the provision of professional satellite support services for the Department’s wider satellite capability.

“Signing this contract extends Defence’s long and strong relationship with Optus in delivering satellite communications services,” Chief Information Officer Group, acting head of ICT operations, Nick Barneveld, said.

“Our people will continue to work together to ensure our military forces can stay connected and informed as they operate across Australia’s vast distances and beyond.”

C1 was jointly funded by Optus and the Department, and is controlled from Optus’ Sydney-based station.

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