NBNCo has awarded a $280M contract to California-based ViaSat for the supply of the ground segment of the satellite component of the NBNCo Satellite system. The contract includes provision of the 13.5m dishes accross the 10 NBN gateways accross Australia, as well as the 200,000 satellite dishes and satellite modems for households.
It is believed that ViaSat will provide a similar solution to the NBN to what it is providing for its Exede service in the US.
The contract is anticipated to generate around 300 jobs in Australia according to the NBN press release, with the long term satellite system being up and running in 2015.
The contract award completes a two year procurement process which follows the NBNCo decision in February to select Space Systems Loral for the Space-based component of the Satellite system.