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Optus satellites to connect New Zealandís Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited (IGNS)
Posted on 11-Jun-2003 23:07 | Tags Filed under: News

Australian Optus has won a major satellite deal with New Zealandís Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited (IGNS).

The five-year contract will see Optus provide IGNS with satellite data services to aid in the research of natural hazards. IGNS will use Optusí Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) SatWeb network to monitor and send data that will contribute to an early warning system for earthquakes in New Zealand.

Managing Director Optus Wholesale, Warren Hardy said the deal reaffirmed Optusí position as the leading satellite provider in Asia-Pacific. "Optusí satellite footprint allows us to provide IGNS with real time connectivity to its 40 remote site across New Zealand. These sites are very difficult to reach through any other infrastructure. We are providing services via small satellite dishes and working towards improving the safety of the communities." he said.

Optus will provide this service using the Gilat Networks 360E VSAT system, which enables interactive data to be carried over the Optus SatWeb network. Optus will work with IGNS and the Earthquake Commission to roll out the system in phases over the next few years.

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