Optus D2 Satellite blasts off

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Optus D2 Satellite blasts off

Paul Sheridan, head of Optus Satellite, said that this second addition to the Optus D-series satellite family is another example of Optus leading the market in the Australian satellite industry, using state-of-the-art rocket technology, with one of the youngest satellite fleets in operation.

"Optus’ D-series satellites, is one of the latest generation of Optus satellites, it will enable Optus to provide additional services to our customers with growth opportunities in the Subscription TV, and ethnic services broadcast sectors and additional in-orbit redundancy out to the year 2020,” Sheridan said.

The Optus D1 satellite was launched in October 2006 and the D2 satellite is the next step in rejuvenating the Optus Satellite fleet. Optus D2 satellite will replace the Optus B3 satellite which has been in operation since 1994.

The new generation D-series offers continuity of service for Optus Satellite customers as Optus B-series Satellites near end of life.

Optus Satellite will continue to bring rural and regional Australia enhanced capacity for two-way communications services (VSAT) and extended reach for direct-to-home television services. The third D-series Satellite, Optus D3, is planned to be delivered in 2009.

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