Australia’s Optus has reportedly secured a contract under which it will operate NBN Co’s two purpose-built satellites, which a designed to deliver high speed broadband services across rural and remote areas of the country. In a press release confirming the development, NBN Co, the public-private company overseeing the National Broadband Network (NBN) project, confirmed that the five-year contract, which can be extended for up to 15 years, was awarded following a competitive tender. Under the terms set out by the deal, Optus will provide tracking, telemetry and control services in connection with NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service for the two under-construction Ka-band satellites which are scheduled to launch in 2015.
Commenting on the plans for the deployment of new infrastructure, Matt Dawson, Program Director Satellite at NBN Co, was cited as saying: ‘NBN Co’s Interim Satellite service reached capacity in December 2013 after 48,000 premises ordered a service. To be able to provide fast broadband to rural and remote areas of Australia, the launch of NBN Co’s two new dedicated Long Term Satellites is crucial.’