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Submission + - Australia Issues National Broadband Satellite Contracts

Spritzer writes: NBN Co, the Australian government-owned corporation tasked with developing a network to provide internet services to all Australians, has issued contracts for Long Term Satellite Service component of the project. They have selected ViaSat, Inc. to provide twenty 13.5m Ka-band satellite gateways, user terminals, and network management services.Space Systems/Loral has been selected to provide the 2 Ka-band satellites and associated TT&C ground stations. The Long Term Satellite Service is expected to provide retail service providers with initial peak speeds of 12 megabits per second download and 1 megabits per second upload* at the wholesale level for the same wholesale access price as similar fibre services.

ViaSat is the world leader in Ka-band satellite broadband networks including their own U.S. based Exede network. Space Systems/Loral built the ViaSat-1 satellite for that network.

Full disclosure: I am an employee of ViaSat's Antenna Systems division .

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