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Australia - Telecoms - High-speed satellite services

Australia - Telecoms - High-speed satellite services

There are around 30 companies in Australia providing hybrid satellite-based Internet access and related data distribution services using the same technology. It was not until the late 1990s that large-scale satellite TV started to arrive, thanks to AUSTAR, but as that is only based on pay TV it certainly is nowhere near a superhighway.

The previous Federal Government broadband subsidy scheme Australian Broadband Guarantee commenced a surge in broadband connections in regional and rural Australia. The current Labor government continued this ABG initiative until mid-2011 when the new scheme as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN) started. Eventually the NBN aims to provide high-speed satellite services to the 3% of Australian premises that will be unable to connect to the Fibre-to-the-Home rollout.

Providing high-speed satellite services at speeds of 12Mb/s to the 200,000 premises unable to connect to the NBN will eventually require new generation KA-band satellites. While the NBN Co had many satellite (domestic and international) operators putting up their services for contention only seven are in the first release. The release of interim satellite providers was announced in mid-2011 (see chapter 5.2). Optus intends to launch a new satellite Optus 10, planning to use the Ku-band service. SingTel in mid-2013 prepared for a sale of Optus Satellite, with a view to raising up to $2 billion which would be reinvested in other infrastructure assets and upgrades.

While services such as WiFi, mobile broadband, increased ADSL coverage and fibre services are penetrating further into the market the need for satellite remains. In mid-2011 the Interim Satellite Scheme by NBN Co Australian Broadband Guarantee scheme had changes to the eligibility criteria as a result of the further reach of metro-comparable' services over the past few years.

In this report we provide an overview of the high-speed satellite services market providing background information on the major players. We also provide information and updates on the trends and developments in the market.

Technologies mentioned

Technologies mentioned in this report include Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT), Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA, Single channel per carrier (SCPC), as Frame Relay, Dedicated Digital Networks (DDN), DVB-S2; SingTel suspends plans to sell Optus Satellite division.

Companies covered in this report include

Companied mentioned in this report include AUSTAR, FOXTEL, Optus, iPSTAR, OTC, NBN Co, Gilat, Telstra, Aussat, BorderNet, iHug, SES NEW SKIES, NewSat Limited, Shin Satellite, Inmarsat, Orion Satellite Systems, Clear Networks, Harbour IT, SkyMesh, Activ8Me, ReachNet.


1. Synopsis
2. Historic overview
3. Satellite remains niche business
4. Broadband is threatening satellite TV
5. National Broadband Network (NBN) satellite services
5.1 Background information
5.2 Deployment of interim regional and remote satellite services
6. Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG)
6.1 Overview
6.2 Scheme changed mid-2010
6.3 ABG providers
6.4 Scheme terminated mid-2011
7. NBN interim satellite scheme
7.1 Scheme overview
7.2 Optus to manage interim regional and remote satellite services
8. Market forecasts
9. Satellite services from Telstra
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Iterra Satellite Service mobile satellite communications
9.3 Telstra BigPond Satellite Broadband
10. BorderNET Internet
10.1 Overview
11. SES New Skies
11.1 Overview
11.2 The satellites
12. Optus Satellite Services
12.1 Overview
12.2 Optus faster broadband satellite service 6MB/s 2010
12.3 The satellites
12.4 The Optus satellites
12.4.1 Optus B3
12.4.2 Optus C1
12.4.3 Optus D1
12.4.4 Optus D2
12.4.5 Optus D3
12.4.6 Optus 10
12.5 The Earth stations
12.6 Wireless broadband communities
12.7 Pay TV services
13. NewSat Ltd
13.1 Overview
13.2 Major features
14. iPSTAR - Shin Satellite
14.1 Background information
14.2 ETT - national provider of IPSTAR satellite
15. Inmarsat
16. Orion Satellite Systems Pty Ltd
16.1 Overview
16.2 Coverage and services
17. Brief satellite timeline 1981 - 2011
18. Related reports
18.1 Market reports
Exhibit 1 BigPond old satellite plans

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