Optus Satellite announced yesterday that it had inked a three-year wholesale agreement with New Zealand internet service provider Wireless Nation.
The deal will enable Wireless Nation to deliver satellite broadband services to consumer, business and enterprise customers across the country.
In a statement, Optus said that the Wireless Nation agreement boosts its existing presence in New Zealand, which primarily covers pay TV and free-to-air service providers, and allow it to deliver services to new and existing residential, small business, farming and corporate and government customers across the country.
"This relationship represents a great proposition for increased choice and competition in broadband services for New Zealand customers, and is also a clear and strong market opportunity for Optus Satellite," said Paul Sheridan, vice president of Optus Satellite.
"We operate dedicated transponders on our D2 satellite that provide very good line-of-sight to New Zealand's landmass. This means that Wireless Nation can be confident in the delivery of quality broadband services to their customers regardless of where they are based," he said.
Tom Linn, technical director, Wireless Nation, said, "We have been receiving positive feedback from our rural customers since we started rolling out satellite broadband through the Optus network earlier this year. This mutual partnership opens a new chapter in delivering much-needed broadband access to New Zealanders."
In New Zealand, Optus Satellite also enables broadcast services for Sky New Zealand and Kordia. In Australia, the company provides a wholesale broadband access service for the NBN and has the initial five-year contract to operate NBN Co's two satellites due to be launched in 2015.
NBN Co is currently considering the construction and launch of a third satellite to serve Australia's rural and regional areas, with the company set to make a decision following the release later this month of a review into the wireless and satellite elements of its AU$41 billion infrastructure project.
The prospect of a third satellite comes as NBN Co chief executive, Bill Morrow, indicated that the company would not rule out the outsourcing of call centres and back office operations in a bid to cut costs.