Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) (NASDAQ: LORL), the world's leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide two high throughput communications satellites that will be used to deliver high speed broadband service to rural and remote areas of Australia. The satellites will be operated by NBN Co Limited (NBN Co), which was established to implement the Australian government policy initiative of providing access to high speed broadband to every household and business in the country via an integrated national network that will utilize fiber, wireless and satellite technologies.
"We are honored to be a part of the Australian government's initiative to provide universal broadband service to all of its citizens," said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. "Today, access to the internet is crucial for education, safety, and economic development. Satellite is a highly cost-effective solution for providing high-speed connectivity over broad geographic areas and the Australian government has demonstrated visionary thinking in looking to satellite as one of the three chosen technologies to deliver service to every part of the nation."
Space Systems/Loral has built more satellites for broadband communications than any other manufacturer, and has built the world's highest capacity broadband satellites which deliver more than 100 gigabits per second throughput. The two satellites, NBN Co 1A and 1B, are both Ka-band, high-throughput broadband satellites that use multiple spot beams in an advanced design that tailors capacity to Australia's vastly distributed population. When launched in 2015, the satellites will provide service to some of the most remote places in Australia, as well as its coastal islands and external territories including Norfolk Island, Cocos Island, Christmas Island and Macquarie Island in the Antarctic.
"This announcement is a significant step towards reducing the digital divide between Australians living in urban areas and those living in the most geographically isolated regions. Rural and remote communities can now look forward to receiving enhanced broadband connectivity that will assist them in accessing the types of business, health, education and government services that people in metropolitan areas take for granted, " said Mike Quigley, chief executive officer of NBN Co. "We selected Space Systems/Loral to design and build our satellites because of its leadership in delivering the world's largest and most powerful satellites, and its long history of success in providing satellites for broadband service."
The satellites for NBN Co are based on the SS/L 1300 platform which leads the industry in reliability and has been optimized to provide enhanced performance and capacity distribution for broadband missions. The satellites are designed to provide service for 15 years or more.
The contract award also includes satellite control facilities, support for system capacity planning and optimization, systems to manage satellite operations, and end-to-end systems integration support.
Source: Space Systems/Loral
Date: Feb 8, 2012