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SpaceX Starlink to be sold in Australia by Vocus

Aussie network solutions provider Vocus has announced that it will be the first major telco to distribute Elon Musk’s Starlink.

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Thu, 01 Dec 2022
SpaceX Starlink to be sold in Australia by Vocus
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Vocus is the first in Australia and one of the first in the world to sign an agreement with SpaceX to provide the public with access to Starlink — a network solution that provides government and organisations with high-speed internet via a constellation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

Starlink provides users with a high-speed and reliable connection around the clock thanks to a high-gain antenna, increased network throughput and protection against extreme weather.

The service is ideal for users in areas with no access to fibre or wireless antennas, such as in large parts of remote Australia.

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“New technologies that challenge the status quo like LEO satellite need like-minded organisations to deliver full value,” says development manager for space and satellite at Vocus Ashley Neale.

“Customers on Vocus’ fibre network running mission-critical operations at their sites will now have another high-performance, attractively priced option for reach and redundancy, providing extra assurance for business continuity, with personalised service built on industry best practice.”

Under Vocus, Starlink will be sold as Vocus Satellite and will be compatible with existing networks and boasts 100 per cent Australian-based support.

“Starlink is innovation at its best, with some of the smartest minds in the industry and a phenomenal satellite broadband product. Vocus is excited to be one of the first telcos in the world to work with Starlink to bring this to customers,” said Vocus chief executive for enterprise and government Andrew Wildblood.

“Enterprise and government customers need a technical and service experience that is above-and-beyond people who know how to work with large companies, can project manage installations, provide tailored services and consistently deliver brilliantly responsive assurance and that’s Vocus’ speciality.

“Enterprise and government customers will experience satellite service delivery like never before with Vocus.”

SpaceX vice president of Starlink sales Jonathan Hofeller adds, “As Vocus and its customers know, high-speed, low-latency internet is critical for businesses, and Starlink allows enterprises to manage their remote operations more efficiently.

“We look forward to providing Vocus’ customers with Starlink’s powerful and reliable connectivity solution.”

The new Starlink service will bolster Vocus’ geostationary satellite service, which is delivered through NBN’s Sky Muster satellites.

Vocus has already begun building ground stations for Starlink in New Zealand, and SpaceX has plans for around 40 earth stations for the service in Australia, according to the ACMA register of radiocommunication licenses.

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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