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Encyclopedia > Austar
Austar United Communications Ltd
Type Public
Founded 1995
Headquarters Sydney, New South Wales
Gold Coast, Queensland
Key people John Porter, CEO
Mike Fries, Chairman
Industry Telecommunications
Products Austar Television
Austarnet
Austar Mobile
An Austar Remote

Austar is an Australian telecommunications company. Its main business activity is Pay TV, although it is also involved with internet access and mobile phones. The company commenced operations in 1995, and thus celebrated its 10th birthday in 2005. Austar's current slogan is "You'll love what's on!"[1][2] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 368 pixelsFull resolution (1277 × 587 pixel, file size: 83 KB, MIME type: image/png) Austar Entertainment Pty Ltd ABN 93 068 104 530 This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or... Public is of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; opposed to private; as, the public treasury, a road or lake. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. ... “Gold Coast” redirects here. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... A Chairman is the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or other deliberative body. ... Telecommunication involves the transmission of signals over a distance for the purpose of communication. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Austar_Remote. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Austar_Remote. ... Telecommunication involves the transmission of signals over a distance for the purpose of communication. ... Pay television, or pay-TV, usually refers to subscription-based television services, usually provided by both analogue and digital cable and satellite, but also increasingly by digital terrestrial methods. ... Internet public access point. ...


It is owned by Austar United Communications Limited (ASX: AUN). 54% of Austar United is owned by Liberty Global, through United Austar Partners. The remaining 46% is owned by public shareholders [3] The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is the primary stock exchange in Australia. ... Liberty Global Europe (formerly UGC Europe, and previously United Pan-Europe Communications or UPC, and still usually primarily trading under that brand) is Europes biggest cable TV provider, also providing internet access, telephony and other related services. ...


Austar also owns 50% of XYZnetworks, a pay television program provider, a 50-50 joint venture between Foxtel and Austar. [4][5] XYZnetworks owns, operates and distributes eleven of the leading subscription television channels in Australia. ... Foxtel is a subscription television company in Australia, formed through a joint venture between Telstra and News Corporation. ...

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Mobile telephony (Austar Mobile)

Established in 2000, Austar Mobile offers mobile services via resale agreements with Optus and Telstra for access to their GSM and CDMA mobile networks respectively. SingTel Optus Pty Limited is the second largest telecommunications company in Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications (ASX: SGT). ... Telstra Corporation (ASX: , NZX: TLS, NYSE: TLS) (formed from Telecom Australia) is an Australian telecommunications and media company under private ownership, with a dominant position in landline telephone services, a large share of mobile phone services, domestic consumer (including dial-up access and Broadband internet broadband cable modem, satellite and... Global System for Mobile communications (GSM: originally from Groupe Spécial Mobile) is the most popular standard for mobile phones in the world. ... General Information Generically (as a multiplexing scheme), code division multiple access (CDMA) is any use of any form of spread spectrum by multiple transmitters to send to the same receiver on the same frequency channel at the same time without harmful interference. ...


At the end of 2005, there were about 30,500 customers. [6]


Dial-up internet (Austarnet)

Established in 2000, Austarnet currently outsources its network to COMindico and is available across Australia. Soul is an Australian telecommunications company. ...


At the end of 2005, there were about 38,326 customers. [7]


Subscription television (Austar Television / Austar Digital)

Austar's main business is subscription television, serving customers outside of the major metro areas. It takes programming from both Foxtel and Optus services, and operates in both analogue and digital platforms. Foxtel is a subscription television company in Australia, formed through a joint venture between Telstra and News Corporation. ... SingTel Optus Pty Limited is the second largest telecommunications company in Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications (ASX: SGT). ...


Austar Television is available in 2.4 million homes in regional and rural areas of all mainland states (bar Western Australia), Gold Coast, Tasmania & the capital cities of Darwin & Hobart. [citation needed] Subscriber numbers to Austar Television are second behind Foxtel. Delivery methods include utilising the Optus C-Class Satellite Optus C1 and a digital cable network in Darwin Slogan or Nickname: Wildflower State or the Golden State Other Australian states and territories Capital Perth Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Ken Michael Premier Alan Carpenter (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 15  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $100,900 (4th)  - Product per capita  $50,355/person... Foxtel is a subscription television company in Australia, formed through a joint venture between Telstra and News Corporation. ... SingTel Optus Pty Limited is the second largest telecommunications company in Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications (ASX: SGT). ... “Port Darwin” redirects here. ...


Austar Digital

Launched in March 2004, Austar Digital subscribers account for about 75% of all of Austar's Television Subscribers. In October 2004 the cable network utilised in Darwin was converted to allow the Austar Digital product to be sold over that delivery method. In December 2006 it was reported that Austar was in talks with Channels Seven and Ten about providing AFL coverage to rural areas. [citation needed] 7 (seven) is the natural number following 6 and preceding 8. ... Ten can refer to: 10, a number AD 10, a year 10 BC, a year 10, a 1979 motion picture Ten, any one of a number of rock albums Network Ten, an Australian television network Trans-European Networks (TEN) Total Entertainment Network, an early-1990s attempt at an online server...


The MyStar Personal Digital Recorder

Announced in November 2005, Thomson SA have been awarded the contract for the development of a 4 tuner PDR, two of which will be dedicated for Australia's Digital Terrestrial free-to-air (FTA) service. MyStar will also allow for recording of two shows at one time, while still being able to watch one pre-recorded. This article is about the media and entertainment company. ...


Mr. Porter had announced that the MyStar personal digital recorder has been delayed back to August 2007 rather than the May 2007 release date they had planned. [8] The Mystar will cost $49.95 to install and $14.95 extra per month. Subscribers who have already signed up on the waiting list will be able to buy the personal digital recorder MyStar in the final quarter of 2007, before the commercial launch in 2008.


Channels on the Austar Digital Service

Main article: List of Austar channels

Austar Logo Below is a list of channels on the Austar Digital Service. ...

Austar/Unwired Alliance

In 2005, Austar United and wireless internet provider Unwired announced a deal to swap spectrum under either companies control to allow for interoperable wireless broadband services across the country. In 2006, Austar United and Unwired together with Soul formed AUSalliance for the purposes of obtaining funding from the Australian Government's Broadband Connect Infrastructure Program and rolling out a regional broadband network[9]. Unwired is an Australian public company dedicated to building a nationwide, fixed wireless telecommunications network offering carrier grade Internet services. ... Unwired is an Australian public company dedicated to building a nationwide, fixed wireless telecommunications network offering carrier grade Internet services. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ...


Austar holds a considerable number of 2.5 & 3.5 GHz spectrum licences that they have purchased for delivery of their former MMDS Service and for an ill-fated attempt at wireless internet through a joint-venture with Chello. The deal will also allow WIMAX wireless services to commence in Australia. Multichannel multipoint distribution service, also known as MMDS or wireless cable, is a wireless telecommunications technology, used for general-purpose broadband networking or, more commonly, as an alternative method of cable television programming reception. ... chello is the brand of internet service provider-activities of LGI (formerly UGC), the leading provider of broadband internet access via cable (see DOCSIS) in Europe with estimated 2. ... Official WiMax logo WiMAX, the Wireless Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a telecommunications technology aimed at providing wireless data over long distances in a variety of ways, from point-to-point links to full mobile cellular type access. ...


Austar Broadband has launched wireless (non-WIMAX) services in:

Wagga Wagga (pronounced wogga wogga, informally called Wagga) is a city in New South Wales, Australia. ... Tamworth is a city in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Austar Homepage and Logo (accessed 2007-09-06)
  2. ^ AUSTAR United - About Us - Our Services (accessed 2007-09-06)
  3. ^ Austar United Website: http://www.austarunited.com.au/aboutus/ownership.asp
  4. ^ XYZnetworks Website: http://www.xyznetworks.com.au/xyznetworks/About.aspx
  5. ^ Austar United 2005 Annual Report
  6. ^ Austar United 2005 Annual Report
  7. ^ Austar United 2005 Annual Report
  8. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/news/business/austar-tunes-in-with-earnings-lift/2007/04/18/1176696914501.html
  9. ^ Austar United Press Release: http://www.austarunited.com.au/pdf/06-03-29%20AUSTAR%20_%20Soul%20partner%20for%20regional%20b'dband%20network.pdf
  10. ^ Austar United Press Release: http://www.austarunited.com.au/pdf/06-06-08%20AUSTAR%20Broadband%20launch%20release%20-%20final.pdf
  11. ^ Austar United Press Release: http://www.austarunited.com.au/pdf/06-11-28%20AUSTAR%20broadband%20arrives%20in%20Tamworth.pdf

External links

  • Austar webpage
  • Austar Broadband
  • Austar United webpage

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