Pivotel in orbit

Written on the 3 December 2010

OCT 2010

SATELLITE communications provider Pivotel has signed a three-year deal to deliver services to more than 30 Northern Territory Government departments.

The exclusive supply contract will be worth at least $1 million a year and complements existing deals with other state’s including a $372,000 upgrade by the NSW Ambulance Service announced in July.

Working with efficient and reliable satellite devices is critically important to The Northern Territory Government due to the high levels of work undertaken in remote areas away from cellular coverage.

Managing director Peter Bolger, says Pivotel won the contract based on the performance of its low earth orbit (LEO) satellite systems.

“State governments that are required to do a lot of work in regional areas need access to the best satellite communication technology available,” he says.

“The Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales are all heavy users of mobile satellite services.”

Pivotel’s LEO satellite service and equipment provides sustainable and effective satellite communications across the country.

“Communications satellites are generally split into two categories, Geo (geostationary orbit) and LEO systems,” explains Bolger.

“Geo satellites operate on a fixed orbit at an altitude of around 36,000km.

“They are effective at delivering cable television like Austar but when used for mobile phone services have issues with time latency.

“You see this on television often when there is a second or two time difference during interviews.

“Pivotel uses LEO satellite constellations that orbit at around 1000 kilometres above the Earth’s surface.

“As a result communications signals are bounced back and forth far more quickly and the service provided to customers is just like a normal mobile telephone service.

“Clients use a regular mobile phone number, receive normal phone bills comparable with standard mobile telephone rates and have access to more than 100 dealers across the country for specialised technical support.”

Pivotel turned over around $30 million in revenue for FY10 and is forecasting 50 per cent growth over the next 12 months. Its diverse client base ranges from Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton to ‘grey nomad’ caravan travellers.


Latest News

SPOTLESS REJECTS DOWNER'S 'HOSTILE' $1.2B BID AS IT PROMISES A STRATEGY RESET

CLEANING and catering services company Spotless has rejected a $1.26 billion takeover bid from mining services firm D...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MEGAPORT CEO VINCENT ENGLISH ON GLOBAL EXPANSION AND HOW TO SCALE UP A BUSINESS

THE RAPID expansion of Megaport (ASX: MP1) continues with the Brisbane-based company announcing a major partnership d...

BRISBANE ENTREPRENEUR BREAKS BARRIERS IN ECO-BUSINESS

TRACEY Bailey believes that if every person understood the true social and environmental cost of every product the...

DOMINO'S PIZZA EMPLOYEES OFFERED A SLICE OF THE PIE

DOMINO'S Pizza (ASX: DMP) has launched an employee share acquisition plan which will give its 26,000 staff the...

Related News

FURNITURE DISRUPTOR SET TO SHARE HIS ONE OF A KIND BUSINESS MODEL

IT'S no secret that Australians love homemaking. Their ceaseless quest to create the perfect place to call hom...

WEEDING OUT THE ASX'S BURGEONING CANNABIS TREND: 8 COMPANIES TO WATCH

A NICHE is budding on the ASX in the form of medical cannabis, an industry which has been on the country's rad...

FRESH CLASS ACTION TO REVEAL ANOTHER SIDE OF SLATER AND GORDON DOWNFALL

ACA LAWYERS has issued a formal letter of demand to Andrew Grech (pictured), managing director of Slater and Gordo...

STARSHIPS WERE MEANT TO DELIVER DOMINO'S PIZZA

NICKI Minaj may have been off the mark when she declared 'starships were meant to fly'. However, she m...

EVENTS COMING UP

 

Contact us

Email News Update Sign Up Contact Details
Subscriptions

PO Box 2087
Brisbane QLD 4001

LoginTell a FriendSign Up to Newsletter