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New satellite alliance to bring telecom solutions to rural Australia

19/07/2016 by Chris Baker


Australia's Optus Satellite has teamed up in a wholesale relationship with satellite communications provider URSYS, an Australian based designer and provider of satellite-based voice and data communications, TelecomsAsia reports.

URSYS already provides satellites for NT Connect for the Local Government Association of Northern Territory communities; the South Pacific Tsunami Warning Network for the Bureau of Meteorology; and a national satellite based SCADA network for APA Group.

URSYS specialises in creating complex networks in remote and bucolic locations. Under the new alliance, the two hope that they can bring telecom solutions to rural Australia.

In a press release, URSYS confirmed that it will utilise its "dedicated satellite capacity on Optus's D2 satellite, Optus teleport facilities in New South Wales and the wider Optus infrastructure to provide connectivity to business customers." It will also gain access to third party international satellite providers.

Optus Satellite vice president, Paul Sheridan, said that the agreement is significant as it "focuses on joint go-to-market opportunities within the targeted LTE, SCADA and unique network industries."

SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) networks have been utilised to monitor equipment and control plants. These include plants for telecoms, energy, oil, transportation and gas refineries.

Grahame Cover, chief executive at URSYS, stated: "[It] builds on the deep experience of both URSYS and Optus Satellite to meet demands coming from the market for a complete solution, particularly where more than just a simple broadband connection is required.

"URSYS and Optus Satellite have proven long term commitments to remote and rural Australia, and this partnership combines our expertise to re-define services and offer bespoke solutions to remote business customers with specific network requirements", Cover added.


URSYS, Optus Satellite, telecoms, Australia

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