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Launch Partner Chosen For Optus 11 Satellite

Optus has selected Arianespace to provide satellite launch services for Optus 11, the telco’s replacement for the D1 Satellite.

Optus’ next-generation satellite will launch into orbit in 2023, marking the APAC region’s first “software-defined high throughput satellite”. The satellite will further expand Optus coverage in both broadcast and broadband capabilities.

“A vital element to the successful deployment of a new satellite are the partners that we work with,” said Ben White, Managing Director, Wholesale, Satellite and Strategy at Optus.

“We are delighted to be partnering again with Arianespace, who’s demonstrated over many years the ability to consistently deliver a precise deployment and speed to orbit”

Optus first worked with Arianespace on the 1987 launch of Optus A3, the company’s third ever satellite.

“We are delighted and honoured by this renewed mark of confidence from the operator Optus,” said Stéphane Israël, Chief Executive Officer of Arianespace.

“Over the last 21 years, we have carried out all launches for Optus, and Ariane 6 will now continue this long and successful track record.”

Optus provides satellite services to Foxtel, ABC, SBS, Seven, Imparja Television, Sky New Zealand, and to government bodies in Australia and New Zealand.

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