Optus has announced the expansion of its satellite fleet with the launch of a new satellite, Optus 10, for Australia and New Zealand, scheduled for completion in 2013.
The satellite will be built in Palo Alto, California by commercial satellite provider Space Systems/Loral and provide an increased capacity to the Optus satellite fleet for the local region.
Optus Wholesale and Satellite managing director, Vicki Brady, said the new satellite would allow the telco to harness the additional capability satellite communication offers, following the launch of the country’s first satellite fleet 25 years ago.
“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,” she said in a statement. “This is vital infrastructure particularly for those areas without access to terrestrial telecommunications infrastructure.”
The telco provides satellite services to Australian and New Zealand government departments and broadcasters including FOXTEL, ABC, SBS, Seven Network, Nine Network, Globecast Australia, UBI and Sky TV New Zealand.
As reported by Computerworld Australia, the telco last year confirmed the launch of a premium satellite service, Optus Premium Satellite, to boost the telco’s existing broadband services in remote and regional areas.
The service is to deliver downstream speeds of up to 6 megabits per second (Mbps) and upstream speeds of 1Mbps; six times the speed available under offerings subsidised by the Government’s Australian Broadband Guarantee program.