The Optus Satellite Network

Going Geek with Optus Technical Information

For 30 years, Optus has been the leader and innovator in satellite-based communications services within the Australasia region, providing a comprehensive range of advanced digital satellite services. It's where Optus started.

With the largest fleet of domestic satellites in Australia and New Zealand, Optus delivers more services to those countries than any other provider, including subscription-TV, free-to-air TV, radio, internet, voice, and data services. It's about helping people connect regardless of where they live.

Optus has an unmatched track record in delivering satellite services to rural and remote areas in Australia offering expertise and proven capability to effectively meet all domestic and regional business communication needs.

With six operational satellites, Optus has the ability to deliver service across Australia, New Zealand, South East -Asia, Hawaii, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Lord Howe Island, Cocos-Keeling Islands, Christmas Island and McMurdo Sound.

Together with our parent company SingTel, our satellite reach is extended across Asia, Pacific region, Europe, Africa, India and the West Coast of the USA.


Snapshot of our history

1980s 1980

The National Satellite System group formed within the Overseas Telecommunications Commission to establish Australia's national satellite system.


The Australian Government forms AUSSAT, a government owned company to own and operate the national satellite system.


Australia's first two satellites are launched (A1 in August and A2 in November) and domestic satellite services commence in Australia; particularly remote & rural TV broadcasting.


AUSSAT A3 launched in September to meet the ever-growing demand for satellite services in Australia. A3 adds South West Pacific services including New Zealand coverage.

1990s 1992

Optus acquired AUSSAT and became Australia's first privately owned communications carrier, a consortium which included Cable & Wireless. Cable & Wireless Optus launched B1 in August.


Optus B3 launched in August and placed into a storage orbit. Optus MobileSat Service launched in August. The world's first land mobile satellite telephone service.


Optus B3 commissioned and first Australian pay-TV services commence via satellite.


Cable & Wireless Optus launched Aurora services and established B3 as Australia's hotbird. Optus B1 confirmed as New Zealand's hotbird.

2000s 2001

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) completed the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Optus Limited. SingTel now holds 100 per cent of the ordinary shares in Optus.


Optus launched in June the world's largest and most complex hybrid commercial and military communications satellite, Optus C1, in partnership with the Australian Defence Force.


Optus launched its 7th satellite, Optus D1.


Optus launched its 8th satellite, Optus D2.


Optus launched its 9th satellite, Optus D3.


Optus launched its 10th satellite, Optus-10.