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Increased communication demands from Australia’s remote mine sites will see satellite company NewSat launch another satellite later this year.

The company said the launch of satellite Jabiru-2 will improve its ability to service the country’s mining and exploration operations.

The new Ku-band satellite will deliver further enhanced coverage at 216 MHz capacity and is designed specifically for key resource regions including the Pilbara, KimberleyNorth WestShelf and Timor Gap.

The availability of high-powered satellite capacity, which will provide more efficient solutions to support large bandwidth applications over these hot zones, is essential for the operational efficiency, employee productivity and future evolution of the resource industry.

NewSat senior vice president of global sales, Andrew Matlock said the new satellite launch will provide improved “mobile exploration and larger bandwidth application requirements”.

“Jabiru-2 will help to support the ongoing operations of the Australian mining sector,” he said.

The remoteness of mine sites makes the delivery of communications and logistics a significant challenge companies have to contend with.

Matlock explained that satellite communications have played an important role in remote mine site evolution; from initial mobile exploration to complex mine site operations. 

“Never before has the need to communicate in real-time been more important and satellite has evolved with the requirements of today’s resources companies,” the company said.

Partnering with iron ore producer Atlas Iron, NewSat is equipping the company’s exploration teams with satellite communications trailers.

NewSat’s self contained mobile satellite trailers can be deployed almost anywhere with the ability to hook up to broadband internet within minutes, making them a solid option for ensuring business continuity and connectivity in remote or temporary sites.

Having a reliable communications plan is vital for operational efficiency and safety and the satellite trailers give Atlas Iron’s remote teams the freedom to tow their communications infrastructure for immediate connectivity at various stages of mine-site exploration and construction.

The VSAT dish readily deploys and aligns with the relevant satellite, providing instant connectivity including internet connectivity, real-time data transfer, video conferencing and information-sharing, thus maximising efficiencies in iron-ore discovery.

“The recent investment slowdown in the Australian resources market has resulted in significant cuts in exploration spend and mining operations. The mining industry requires communications that meet their growing demand for cost effective, uninterrupted connectivity,” Matlock said.

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