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NBN’s Birds To Get New Wings Satellite Perceptions: US exec

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Where the current interim satellite service (ISS) delivered from older Optus and IPStar satellites has struggled to provide capacity for its users, the two new birds will offer 126Gbps of aggregate capacity and deliver three times more capacity per user than the ISS. It will also be four times faster and be available Australia-wide, Baldridge told Communications Day.

NBN and Viasat have signed a $280 million deal, covering supply of everything from ground-station satellite dishes to domestic receiving equipment and datacentre hardware.

“What we’ve delivered for NBN is … a more robust, telecom-quality version of what we’ve got going here in the US,” Baldridge told CommsDay. “NBN is using our latest stuff.”