The business (Initially "Satellite Services") commenced operation in October 1985 coinciding with launch of services from the first AUSSAT (A1) satellite over Australia. The business initially was based around provision of TV receive only distribution systems for outback areas of Australia, providing local Australian television channels to regions that had not been able to receive it before.
This business of providing television receiving satellite systems grew rapidly over these initial years and expanded to include supply and maintenance of television and radio rebroadcast systems for small rural communities.
In 1989 the company installed a HF Radio interconnect system at its headquarters in Cadney Park Roadhouse in outback South Australia, providing telephony services to the many HF radio users in the region. The involvement with telephony services in remote areas also grew with the involvement with the launch of the Optus MobileSat service which provided vehicle mounted satellite telephones and fixed systems for the first time in Australia.
Australian Satellite Communications (ASC) was involved initially as a MobileSat dealer selling equipment and services to remote users, and in 1997 became a national distributor for Optus providing equipment, services and support to the many dealers throughout Australia.
Subsequently in 2001 agreements were signed with Optus for the ongoing support and repair of all the Westinghouse MobileSat products through to the end of life of the satellite. In 2002 ASC Group acquired the USA equipment supplier Westinghouse Wireless Solutions Company assets to assist with its ongoing support obligations with Optus.
After working with a number of VSAT vendors (including Skydata, Gilat and Viasat) and service providers the company also has been involved with the distribution and resale of the Iridium, Globalstar and more recently Thuraya hand-held satellite telephones to its broad customer base.
The company's first major VSAT project commenced in early 1998 when voice services were provided to Bechtel for the Century Zinc Pipeline Project in northern Queensland utilizing the Optus B1 satellite.
Approx half a million minutes of voice services was provided over 6 months using the ViaSat StarWire VSAT system with voice services gatewayed through our new Teleport in Adelaide. In early 2002 a major VSAT customer, ConocoPhillips, was signed to operate over a fully redundant ViaSat StarWire system to provide voice and data services between 4 sites in the Timor Sea, Darwin and East Timor.
Since that time the company has been providing ongoing service and support for ConocoPhillips and many other offshore and onshore projects in the oil and gas market. Subsequently ASC Group operated a third party owned ViaSat LinkStar hub from its Teleport in Adelaide, before purchasing its own iDirect VSAT Hub in 2005.
The iDirect VSAT hub now provides broadband IP services via satellite to over 300 sites throughout the Australia/NewZealand region. In early 2008 another iDirect Hub was purchased and installed in Kapolei, Hawaii to expand the coverage of services in the Pacific Ocean region. This also opened up new markets such as maritime services for vessels operating throughout the Pacific and Asia-Pacific regions.
ASC Group's expertise with the iDirect platform has seen it also provide complete iDirect networks to several major customers including the Australian Pipeline Authority (APA), Fiji Government ICT Dept, and Northern Territory Government. The company has also been chosen by iDirect to be the first Professional Services Partner in the region to provide hub installation services to iDirect's customers.
24x7 Support services are also run out of the Adelaide Teleport with various remote site maintenance services also supported out of the Adelaide Teleport.
In 2008 the company expanded its services to include an asset tracking system via satellite called Fleet Management Systems (FMS). This product is used to provide tracking of assets and monitor and control of various SCADA systems.
ASC now operates services on multiple iDirect networks out of its Teleport in Adelaide on 3 different satellites and has terrestrial connectivity via optical fibre to 4 major carriers. With the addition of the hub in Hawaii, ASC Group is now considered one of the major VSAT service providers in the region.