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Optus claims “unfriendly nations” near its satellites

Australia’s Optus satellite operator says that its orbiting craft have experienced close encounters from “unfriendly nations” and that it has had to take evasive action from the close proximity within the orbital positions of its satellites. Optus’ head of satellite and space systems Nick Leake, speaking at the Australasia Satellite Forum, said: “On some occasions, […]

June 16, 2022By Chris Forrester

ATN acquires Axicom

Australian Tower Network (ATN), the former Singtel/Optus company, is buying Axicom for Aus$3.58 billion (€2.43bn). ATN, now co-owned by SingTel and Australian pension fund AustralianSuper, will see its stake in Axicom expand to 81 per cent. Axicom is currently majority owned by Macquarie Asset Management and runs some 2,000 tower sites located in and around […]

April 1, 2022By Chris Forrester

Optus buys Space Tug from Northrop Grumman

Australian satellite operator Optus is buying a Mission Robotic Vehicle (MRV), informally known as a Space Tug, in order to rescue one of its satellites. The Robotic System will come from SpaceLogistics, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman and is planned for a SpaceX launch in 2024. The MRV varies slightly from two previous space tugs […]

March 1, 2022By Chris Forrester

Australia: Mobile services revenue forecast to increase 3% CAGR

Mobile service revenue in Australia is expected to increase from $9.6 billion (€8.6bn) in 2021 to $11.2 billion in 2026, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3 per cent, mainly driven by the mobile data service segment, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. An analysis of GlobalData’s Australia Mobile Broadband Forecast […]

February 24, 2022

Australia: SVoD revenue to reach $3.2bn in 2026

SVoD revenue in Australia is forecast to increase at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.3 per cent from $1.9 billion (€1.68bn) in 2021 to $3.2 billion in 2026, driven by solid growth in subscriptions and unique SVoD households, and steady rise in average monthly revenue per unique SVoD household, according to GlobalData, a […]

December 17, 2021

Arianespace wins Optus launch contract

Australian telco Optus has chosen Arianespace and an Ariane 6 rocket to launch its latest satellite. Optus 11 is the craft, itself a replacement for Optus D1. Optus 11 is being built by Airbus Defence & Space and is due for launch in 2023. Optus 11 is a fully reconfigurable satellite and based on Airbus’s […]

November 18, 2021

Optus launches subscription management SubHub

Australian multiplay telco Optus says it is raising the bar on innovation with the introduction of Optus SubHub, describing it as a “world-first game-changer” that simplifies content subscriptions and memberships by putting them in one place and allowing eligible Optus customers to save money and discover new content options. SubHub complements the recently announced Optus […]

August 18, 2021By Colin Mann

Australia: ISPs ‘misled’ consumers over NBN maximum speeds

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted separate proceedings in the Federal Court against each of Telstra Corporation Ltd (Telstra), Optus Internet Pty Limited (Optus), and TPG Internet Pty Ltd (TPG) for making alleged false or misleading representations in their promotions of some 50Mbps and 100Mbps National Broadband Network (NBN) plans, in breach […]

August 10, 2021

Nokia, Optus 5G stadium experience

Nokia has launched 5G services with Australian mobile operator Optus at the Optus Stadium in Perth. The move provides visitors attending sporting or music events with access to incredibly fast indoor and outdoor 5G coverage with speeds over 1Gbps. Nokia has supported Optus with the deployment of the technology as well as its ambitious goals […]

January 21, 2021

SpaceX, OneWeb receive Australian spectrum

SpaceX and OneWeb, along with other satellite and telco operators, has been granted millimetre wave spectrum in Australia by the country’s media regulator. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued licences in the 26GHz and 28 GHz bands to SpaceX Starlink as well as OneWeb, New Skies Satellite/SES, O3b/SES, Inmarsat, Viasat, Telstra, Optus, […]

December 22, 2020By Chris Forrester