Optus confirms 6Mbps satellite plans

Optus Premium Satellite to deliver 6Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream speeds

Optus has confirmed it will soon launch a premium satellite service, delivering downstream speeds of up to 6 megabits per second (Mbps) and upstream speeds of 1Mbps.

The new service, dubbed Optus Premium Satellite, will boost the telco’s existing broadband services in remote and regional areas to six times the speed available under current offerings subsidised by the Government’s Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG) program.

A spokesperson confirmed the telco was looking to launch the offerings “in coming weeks”, which would initially be targeted at small business and enterprises in the mining and construction sector.

Under the ABG, those in remote and rural areas can access broadband services with an access speed of between 256 kilobits per second (Kbps) and 1Mbps downstream.

Most of these plans are resold on Optus’ satellite network, currently spanning five operational satellites. The company claims it is the only Australian telco to own and operate its own satellites, but could soon face competition from the likes of Newsat, which plans to launch its own Ka-band satellite in early 2012.

It also comes ahead of the launch of an interim satellite solution from NBN Co, which has already been approved by the Government and will soon be tendered out to possible suppliers. The NBN Co satellite offering is unlikely to deliver the 12Mbps downstream speeds guaranteed under the National Broadband Network (NBN), but will serve approximately 200,000 premises while the network wholesaler readies the launch of two new, Ka-band satellites.

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8 Comments

Jason

1

lol 6mbps and a latency of 500ms+.
Wow what a gimic!

You best hope you live in the desert because any clouds will rape your connection.

Andrew

2

But its better than dialup and if you cant get anything else, better than nothing

John

3

I travel all over the world setting up sat systems on construction sites and infact dust storms in dusty.sandy areas is worse than rain clouds with KU band and less so with Ka but C band is the best.

Chris

4

500ms latency? Try 1000-1500ms on average over the IPStar sat network. Still better then dial-up which can only connect at 28.8kbps due to line quality and distance.

Jordan

5

better than nothing , as others have already stated
Its easy for people to jeer at such things when we have a 10 mps adsl2+ connection but when the only alternative is a s****y dialup connection or in some cases nothing , this would have been the bomb
( I can relate as i grew up in the bush , then moved to the metro)
So to the person who can only think in their little city bubble , STFU

Jason

6

I have 3mbps ADSL.
I still would not want Satellite......

Mark

7

I'm in a "rural" suburb 20 mins from the centre of Adelaide & my choices are dial up or satellite. Nothing else at all. So even townies have service problems. All my friends in the country have better services than I do. Went from dial up to satellite (IpStar). Same latency but better speed for streaming. Most drop outs & speed drops occur with fog & thick low cloud. Ping responses 750 - 2500 msec.
Roll on NBN / WiMax / HFC / BOPL / Etc. - anything.

Julian Kirk

8


And what about the price and data allowance? It's all very well to have those speeds but you would use your quota up fairly quickly if the plans weren't sufficient.

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