PARIS — Australia’s two national Ka-band broadband satellites will be launched on European Ariane 5 rockets in 2015 following a contract signed March 4 between NBN Co. of Australia and Europe’slaunch consortium, both companies announced.
Under the contract, which NBN said is valued at up to 300 million Australian dollars ($306 million), the 6,000-kilogram satellites will be launched in early 2015 and late 2015, the companies said.
The two spacecraft are under construction byof Palo Alto, Calif., and are part of what is perhaps the world’s most extensive government broadband deployment program. NBN is using a mix of cable, terrestrial wireless and satellite technologies to assure that every Australian has broadband access by 2021.
The satellite service has already begun on an interim basis using Ku-band capacity.