Satellite Key Milestones
Snapshot of our history
|1980||The National Satellite System group formed within the Overseas Telecommunications Commission to establish Australia’s national satellite system.|
|1981||The Australian Government forms AUSSAT, a government owned company to own and operate the national satellite system.|
|1985||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.|
|1987||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.|
|1992||Optus acquired AUSSAT and became Australia’s first privately owned communications carrier, a consortium which included Cable & Wireless.
Cable & Wireless Optus launched Optus B1 in August.
|1994||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.
|1995||Optus B3 commissioned and first Australian pay-TV services commence via satellite.|
|1998||Cable & Wireless Optus launched Aurora services and established B3 as Australia’s hotbird. Optus B1 confirmed as New Zealand’s hotbird.|
2000s and the future
|2001||Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) completed the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Optus Limited. SingTel Australia now holds 100 per cent of the ordinary shares in Optus.|
|2003||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.|
|2006||Optus launched its 8th satellite, Optus D1 on the 13 October 2006.|
|2007||Optus launched its 9th satellite, Optus D2 on the 6 October 2007.|
|2009||Scheduled to launch its 10th satellite, Optus D3.|