Optus is the only telecommunication company to own and operate satellites in Australia and has been providing premium satellite services across Australia and New Zealand for over twenty five years. With the largest fleet of domestic satellites in the region, Optus offers solutions to meet all domestic and regional satellite communication needs. Optus’ fully digitised infrastructure (Since 1992, Optus has invested more than $16 billion building its fixed, mobile and satellite networks) integrates optical fibre, wireless and satellite technologies into a single network. We are one of the few companies in the world to own, operate and integrate such technologies, giving us a unique network that enables us to offer the full suite of cutting edge communication services. Since 1985 Optus has successfully launched nine of our own satellites & operated thirteen spacecraft for a cumulative total of 110 spacecraft years, consisting of 88 years of fully station kept operations and 22 years of inclined orbit operations. Currently the Optus satellite fleet consists of five geostationary satellites providing satellite services across Australia/New Zealand and to McMurdo Sound in the Antarctic. The Optus 10 satellite is under construction by Space Systems / Loral and is planned to be launched in 2013 – see below press release:
Optus Satellite flies its own fleet of five satellites as well as providing launch support /transfer orbit operations and Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) services to other satellite operators. Since 1985 Optus Satellite has supported 80+ Transfer Orbit Missions for satellites launched on Atlas, Ariane, ILS Proton, Delta, SeaLaunch and Long March vehicles for customers including the major Satellite Operators across the Globe. In addition to domestic Teleports Services Optus owns and operates two International Teleports with antennas pointed at third party satellites in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions which extend the coverage of Optus services to two thirds of the Globe. The Major satellite services Optus provides include free to air television, pay television, radio broadcast, voice and data to Corporate and Government services, consumer Broadband IP, video conferencing, and mobile satellite to all of Australia and New Zealand, including territorial waters. We currently support over 40,000 VSAT customers, over 2,000,000 DTH satellite dishes are pointed at Optus satellites and over 8000 customers are using Optus MobileSat service in remote areas of Australia, NZ and surrounding islands. These services are supported from our major earth stations at Belrose (New South Wales), Hume (Canberra/ACT) and Lockridge (Western Australia). The Optus D1 has been configured to provide services to customers in Antarctica. Offshore voice and data services to Corporate and Government customers are delivered via third party satellites through Optus International teleports in Oxford Falls, NSW and Lockridge, WA.
OPTUS TELEPORT INFRASTRUCTURE The Optus owned satellite fleet (comprising of five spacecraft with a sixth on the way) is controlled from its major satellite facility in Belrose, New South Wales with a sister facility in Lockridge, Western Australia. Lockridge is both a domestic and an international gateway on the west coast for services from other international satellite carriers - bringing broadcast, voice and data to the Australian community. Optus’ international satellite gateway on the East Coast is operated at Oxford Falls, New South Wales. Belrose Satellite Facility also manages by remote – Optus earth stations in Auckland NZ, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Oxford Falls.