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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 107

Question No. 246

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 26 May 1983:

Can he indicate

(a) when the next INTELSAT satellite will be launched,

(b) if the organisations who have access to the current INTELSAT satellite will have access to the transponders; if not, who will have access, and

(c) whether there will be any surplus capacity on the new satellite; if so, who has applied for this capacity.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question, based on advice from the Overseas Telecommunications Commission, is as follows:

(a) The next INTELSAT satellite is scheduled for launch on 25 August 1983. It will be located in the Indian Ocean region. Pacific Ocean region satellites will be replaced in early 1984.

(b) All organisations with access to existing INTELSAT satellites will have access to the new satellites as may others that secure INTELSAT approval via an organisation that is a Signatory to the INTELSAT agreements. In the case of Australia the Overseas Telecommunications Commission (Australia) is the Signatory.

(c) There will initially be some surplus capacity on the new satellites. To date, the Overseas Telecommunications Commission (Australia), has not received any formal applications from Australian organisations for additional capacity.