Optus 10 to launch next month after delays

Optus' 'Optus 10' satellite will launch on 12 September (AEST) the telco revealed. The telco had originally announced the satellite would launch in May

Optus announced the satellite just over three years ago.

"This satellite will expand fleet resilience and significantly increase Optus' fleet capacity, providing greater bandwidth to support the delivery of video, data and voice services to corporate, enterprise and government customers," the vice-president of Optus Satellite, Paul Sheridan, said in a statement.

The satellite has been built by Space Systems/Loral (SSL), which is also building two Ka-band satellites to deliver NBN Co's Long-Term Satellite Service (LTSS).

Optus 10 will be launched from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. It has a projected lifespan of more than 15 years

The satellite was originally due to launch in May. In late April Optus said that teams from SSL and the telco teams had completed the final pre-shipment review and that the satellite was being transported to the Guiana Space Centre.

In early August Australian company NewSat announced its Jabiru-2 satellite had been delayed "due to an issue with the co-passenger satellite" — Optus 10 — which would undergo "additional testing".

In February, Optus revealed it had won a five-year contract with NBN Co to operate the satellites that will deliver the National Broadband Network's LTSS.

Optus' satellite business was last year the subject of a strategic review by parent company SingTel. Based on the review, SingTel committed itself to growing and investing in the satellite business the company.

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