Optus Satellite extends NZ market reach with Wireless Nation deal

The telco has signed a three-year wholesale agreement with New Zealand ISP Wireless Nation

Optus Satellite is looking to extend its reach into the New Zealand telecommunications market following the signing of a three-year wholesale agreement with ISP Wireless Nation.

Under the agreement, Wireless Nation will be offering satellite broadband services to business, enterprise and consumer customers in New Zealand using the Optus Satellite D2 satellite.

According to Optus Satellite vice president Paul Sheridan, D2 have “dedicated transponders” that provide good coverage into NZ.

"This means that Wireless Nation can be confident in the delivery of quality broadband services to their customers regardless of where they are based,” he said in a statement.

Sheridan added that the wholesale partnership means it can deliver broadband services to residential, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), farming, corporate and government customers.

Optus Satellite currently has a satellite broadcast partnership with pay TV provider Sky NZ.

In related news, The Australian Department of Defence extended its managed satellite services agreement with Optus for another four years on 11 April. The contract is worth $19.5 million and covers the existing Defence payload on the C1 satellite.

In February 2014, NBN Co awarded a five-year contract to Optus to operate the two satellites that will deliver the Long Term Satellite Service for the National Broadband Network.

The five-year contract, which may be extended up to 15 years, covers tracking, telemetry and control services. Optus currently provides similar services to the NBN wholesaler.

Optus has been contacted for more information by Computerworld Australia.

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