Laser Light partners Optus for world’s first all-optical commercial satellite system

29 Apr 2015

Optus Satellite and Laser Light Global have this month embarked on a venture to enhance the capability of Laser Light’s ‘all-optical, hybrid global network’, using Optus’ Australian satellite facilities and terrestrial fibre networks. According to a press release, the collaboration will enable Optus to improve data transmission rates and network management cost efficiency between Laser Light’s new hybrid network and Optus’ fixed fibre infrastructure. Optus will become a preferred supplier and local distributor of SpaceCable, Laser Light’s space-based laser communications service.

Laser Light intends to deploy the world’s first all-optical hybrid global network – the HALO Communications System (HALO System), to combine the global reach of a satellite constellation and the bandwidth capacity of Free Space Optics (laser communications), with the ubiquity and throughput of existing undersea cable and terrestrial fibre networks, the company says. Laser Light’s HALO System intends to offer its SpaceCable product as a complimentary service to existing and future cable/fibre systems via industry standard service level agreements with a full system capacity of over 6Tbps and customer links of 200Gbps bi-directionally.

When fully deployed in 2018, HALO is intended to combine the reach of satellites with the power of laser optics, and is designed to deliver data transmission rates up to 100 times greater than conventional high-frequency satellite systems, entirely operated using optical spectrum rather than radio frequency. The HALO satellite constellation will consist of eight-to-twelve Medium Earth Orbit satellites that will connect with terrestrial and undersea fibre networks, providing SpaceCable services to carriers, enterprises, and government customers under carrier-grade, industry standard service level agreements. HALO is designed as a seamless communications system, capable of quickly and cost effectively connecting any two points on the globe through its satellite platform, planned 100 Points of Presence (PoP), and terrestrial fibre networks.

Paul Sheridan, Vice President of Optus Satellite said: ‘Satellite technology will always have an important role to play in delivering communications to a country the size and breadth of Australia. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in and offers a new and innovative solution which will provide complementary services and enable Optus to meet growing demand for high bandwidth dependent applications and services throughout Australia and beyond.’

Clifford Beek, Laser Light’s president of carrier services, said: ‘Our aim is to work with, not compete, with the world’s leading telecommunications companies to provide a mutually-beneficial integrated communications infrastructure. We are delighted to be collaborating with Optus, Australia’s leading satellite authority. This venture is an important step forward in providing us with complementary terrestrial connectivity across the entirety of Australia.’

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