Intelsat has entered into a contract with Nine Network Australia (NNA) to distribute programming to the company's six domestic television stations as well as provide global satellite and fiber connectivity using the Intelsat One terrestrial network to bring news content and special events from around the world to Australia for its network affiliates.
NNA is one of the country's top-rated commercial television networks, with local stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and Darwin, along with a regional broadcaster, NBN. The network also has news bureaus in Canberra, London, and Los Angeles. NNA is a subsidiary of Nine Entertainment Co., one of Australia's leading media companies.
Intelsat initially is providing services via the Australia/New Zealand Ku-band beam on Intelsat 19 for the network's broadcasting requirement. Under the agreement, Intelsat's network support will extend well into the next decade. NNA previously used Intelsat for its domestic and international occasional use requirements. Most recently, NNA chose Intelsat to provide short-term services for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro using Intelsat 29e.