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Optus satellites help New Zealanders rest assured
10 Jun 2003

Optus has won a major satellite deal with New Zealand's Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited (IGNS).

The five-year contract will see Optus provide IGNS with satellite data services to aid in the research of natural hazards. IGNS will use Optus' Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) SatWeb network to monitor and send data that will contribute to an early warning system for earthquakes in New Zealand.

Managing Director Optus Wholesale, Warren Hardy said the deal reaffirmed Optus' position as the leading satellite provider in Asia-Pacific.

"Optus' satellite footprint allows us to provide IGNS with real time connectivity to its 40 remote site across New Zealand.

"These sites are very difficult to reach through any other infrastructure. We are providing services via small satellite dishes and working towards improving the safety of the communities." he said.

Optus' expertise in satellite solutions has been well demonstrated in regional Australia. The company has established and delivered distance learning solutions via satellite to rural and remote communities in New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

"We can offer similar solutions for New Zealand which has been demonstrated through our agreement with IGNS," Mr Hardy said.

Optus will provide this service using the Gilat Networks 360E VSAT system, which enables interactive data to be carried over the Optus SatWeb network.

Optus will work with IGNS and the Earthquake Commission to roll out the system in phases over the next few years.

For more information:
Joni Gathercole
Optus Corporate Affairs
Tel: (02) 9342 7850