Perth to house satellite teleport

SATELLITE systems integration company New Skies Networks plans to create a Perth teleport for its IP-related services and satellite-based communications solutions.

Formerly known as AAPT Sat-Tel Pty Ltd, New Skies Networks was recently acquired by Netherlands-based New Skies Satellites NV.

The company has five satellites already in orbit delivering incoming and outgoing voice, video and datastream.

Three satellites operate in the Atlantic Ocean region, one in the Indian Ocean region and one in the Pacific Ocean region.

The satellites provide complete global coverage at C-band and high-powered Ku-band spot beams over most of the world’s principal population centres.

Another two satellites are planned within the next two years.

New Skies Networks CEO Maureen Murphy said the Perth teleport would be based in Bayswater.

“Sometimes called a media port, a teleport is like an international airport for high bandwidth voice, data, fax and video traffic,” Ms Murphy said.

New Skies Networks’ main clients include blue-chip broadcasting and communications companies.

Communications solutions can be delivered either via dedicated networks or on a shared-hub basis.

Ms Murphy said the company’s earth station network across Australia was ideally situated to provide point-to-point, turnaround and related teleport services between Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

“We are one of only three companies around the world able to provide global satellite coverage with an existing satellite fleet,” she said.

“The industry has been lacklustre and unimaginative in its service approach to date.

“Our objective is to change this by providing creative solutions and some much-needed customer choice.”

Current services available include broadband delivery of Internet capacity to ISPs, managed voice and data enterprise networks and satellite engineering and operations services for other regional and global satellite operators.

Other planned services include Internet backbone services carrying multiplexed traffic between access points around the world; point-to-multipoint data and multi-media distribution, or multicasting, to enterprise and government; and high-speed Internet access to consumers with additional services such as webcasting and newsfeeds.

“We monitor orbital operations of satellite spacecraft and intend to expand on services to broadcasters,” Ms Murphy said.

Ms Murphy said the company would use a hybrid solution combining satellite and fibre optic technologies to connect teleports to CBD areas.

“We will provide a clean industry and employment in regional areas in addition to offering them with much-needed IP-related services,” she said.

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