New satellite for Optus
March 21, 2011
By Colin Mann
Australian telco Optus has confirmed the commissioning of a brand new satellite, Optus 10, to be deployed for Australia and New Zealand – expanding the fleet to become the largest in the company’s and Australia’s history.
Vicki Brady, Managing Director, Optus Wholesale and Satellite, said that satellite continued to make sense for Australia. “Optus 10 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. This is vital infrastructure particularly for those areas without access to terrestrial telecommunications infrastructure,” she stated.
Optus 10 is scheduled to be delivered in 2013 and will be 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 New Zealand Government departments, premium companies and broadcasters including FOXTEL, ABC, SBS, Seven Network, Nine Network, Globecast Australia, UBI and Sky TV New Zealand.