Australia - Broadcasting - Satellite TV and MDS

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Last updated: 22 Apr 2003 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 10

Analyst: Paul Budde


Australia’s involvement in satellites dates back to the 1950s and ‘60s. The Australian Overseas Telecommunications Commission (OTC) was involved in projects such as the Russian Sputnik and the American moon missions. Kerry Packer was among the first to recognise the more commercial potential of satellite communication. In 1977, he commissioned a report to investigate the launch of an Australian satellite. Aussat was eventually established in 1981 to launch the first Australian satellites. However, Aussat was dominated by Telstra, and it was sold to Optus in 1992. Since then, Optus has been the domestic satellite operator, and Foxtel and Austar the main satellite pay TV companies.

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