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When it comes to communication in remote areas, our network talks.

Leading the way in satellite-based communication services in Australia, Optus has the largest fleet of domestic satellites in the Australia and New Zealand region. We offer a broad range of satellite solutions to enable you to operate on land, at sea or in remote areas.

Optus to launch SatSleeve


The SatSleeve is a device which lets customers turn their iPhone into a satellite phone. When the iPhone is docked and paired with the device, it allows a user to make calls over the Thuraya satellite network via their iPhone using a dedicated SatSleeve app.

These new devices equipped with an Optus Thuraya SIM can be paired with iPhones and through a downloadable app combined with a monthly plan can enable satellite calls. The SatSleeve packs a whole lot of innovation into a sleek device and supports the communication needs of fleet owners and iPhone users. Initially, the SatSleeve will be available to suit iPhone 4 & 4S.

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About the Optus satellite fleet

Optus satellite history

Since 1985 Optus has successfully launched nine of our own satellites and operated thirteen spacecraft for a cumulative total of 120 spacecraft years; consisting of 92 years of fully station kept operations and over 25 years of experience in providing satellite services. Since 1992 Optus has invested more than $16 billion building its fixed, mobile and satellite networks.

Our digitised infrastructure integrates optical fibre wireless and satellite technologies into one single network. And we are one of the few companies in the world to own, operate and integrate mobile and satellite technologies, enabling us to offer the full suite of communication services.

Optus satellite today

Currently the Optus satellite fleet consists of five geostationary satellites providing satellite services across Australia and New Zealand and to McMurdo Sound in the Antarctic.

Optus also has relationships with a number of third party satellite owners allowing Optus to offer its customers an extended set of products over third party satellites.

The major satellite services Optus provides include free-to-air television, pay television, radio broadcast, voice and data to corporate and government services, consumer broadband IP, video conferencing, and mobile satellite to all of Australia and New Zealand, including territorial waters.

We currently support over 20,000 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) customers, over 3,000,000 Direct to Home (DTH) satellite dishes are pointed at Optus satellites and over 5,000 customers are using Optus MobileSat service in remote areas of Australia, New Zealand and surrounding islands.

More information Download Optus satellite overview brochure

Use the links below to explore Optus satellite solutions.

Satellite voice and data

Satellite voice and data

Keeping remote businesses connected.


Satellite audio and video

Satellite audio and video

Audio and video broadcasting using satellite.


Satellite services

Satellite services

Services to make your satellite communications a success.