Largest satellite in Aus history to arrive in 2013, could help land Optus lucrative NBN contracts.
The current generation of satellites here are not thought to be capable of delivering 12Mbps, the speed set to be delivered under the NBN.
Optus 10 will deliver customers the flexibility to provide high quality broadcast, and voice and data communication services to areas well into the future, the Singapore owned telco said in a statement today.
And it looks set to be particularly important for areas without access to terrestrial telecommunications infrastructure.
“Satellite continues to make sense for Australia and Optus are honoured to continue to fly the country’s largest satellite fleet providing this unique capability to our customers,” Vicki Brady, Managing Director, Optus Wholesale and Satellite.
We continue to invest in our fleet and bring the latest communication technology into homes and businesses around the country, especially in regional and remote areas,” Ms Brady said.
Optus 10 is scheduled to be delivered in 2013 and will be built in Palo Alto, California by Space Systems/Loral and follows the expansion of its existing satellite fleet with the state-of-the-art D-Series satellites launched in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Singtel owned Optus, who launched the first of Australia’s satellite fleet 25 years ago, also provides satellite services to Government departments, FOXTEL, ABC, SBS, Seven and Nine Network and Sky TV.