, the Australian satellite service, beams television to the most remote comers of the continent, including to the sparsely populated Centre.
Established: 1981 - Initially established as the government owned satellite operator, Aussat
1992 - Changed name to Optus Communications in line with privatization.
s Cable & Wireless and three Australian communications companies to purchase Australia's Aussat
for $800 million.
It operates the existing four Aussat
communications satellites, and is preparing to launch a next-generation satellite in a joint venture with Australia's Department of Defence.
5 percent equity, has won the tender to purchase AUSSAT
, a satellite communications concern, and become the second telecommunications carrier in Australia.