Bringing the connection home

Powerful pedigree

Broadcast Australia is at the forefront of broadcast transmission in Australia, responsible for delivering national broadcast services since 1928.

Extensive network

Broadcast Australia owns and operates one of the world’s most extensive transmission networks. Our network operations centre monitors sites in metropolitan, regional and remote locations supported by the country’s largest in house broadcast trained field services team.

TV and radio

Right around Australia, Broadcast Australia is distributing television and radio services on behalf of Australia’s national public broadcasters (ABC and SBS). We also work with commercial broadcasters, delivering digital terrestrial television as well as operating and maintaining radio services. In metropolitan markets, we are Commercial Radio Australia’s preferred supplier of operations and maintenance needs for digital services.

Restack

Throughout the transition to digital broadcasting, Broadcast Australia worked with the ABC, SBS and industry to provide spectrum-planning advice to the Australian Communications and Media Authority – most recently relating to the restack of spectrum to deliver the digital dividend, following analogue switch-off. We were also the Program Implementation Manager to deliver the Spectrum Restack Program for the Commonwealth on behalf of the Australian broadcast industry. The Project Management Institute (Australia) recognised this work with 2015 Project of the Year.

Into the future

Broadcast Australia plans for the future to enable our customers to take advantage of technology innovations. We were at the forefront of global DTV deployments in the early 2000’s, and pioneered the design of wide area single-frequency networks e.g. the SBS DTV single-frequency network in South East Queensland. We worked with industry to specify the ETSI-ratified DAB+ standard for digital radio broadcasting. We then launched on behalf of ABC and SBS a world first DAB+ national broadcaster system in Australia’s five largest capital cities. We have also been actively involved in field trials of emerging technologies including datacasting, digital radio, mobile TV and 3D TV.

A trusted partner

With our engineering, delivery and operational capability, Broadcast Australia is a trusted partner for government, national and commercial broadcasters as well as industry stakeholders.

A BAI Communications company

Broadcast Australia is a BAI Communications company. For more information visit: www.baicommunications.com

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Our history

The Broadcast Australia of today was created following the privatisation of the government-owned and managed National Transmission Agency in 1999. Since its inception, Broadcast Australia has been primarily focused on linear television and radio broadcasting and has remained consistent in its commitment to excellence in design, build and operation of highly available networks to meet our customers’ stringent needs.

1923

The National Transmission Network (NTN), an Australian nationwide network of broadcasting transmission facilities, begins operating by transmitting ABC radio programmes.

1932

The Australian Broadcasting Company is made a state-owned corporation and is renamed the Australian Broadcasting Commission, later to become the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 1983.

1956

ABC Television, a service of the ABC, launches.

1979

SBS TV begins test transmissions, followed by full-time transmissions in 1980.

1992

The Commonwealth Government establishes The National Transmission Agency (NTA) to supervise the operation of the NTN.

2001

Rollout of DTV services for ABC and SBS commences, with 774 services contracted.

2002

After 70 years as a government-owned transmission network, Macquarie Bank Ltd acquires NTLA and re-brands it Broadcast Australia, becoming the seed asset in the publicly listed Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group (MCIG) fund.

2004

Launch of The Bridge Networks as a subsidiary company.

2007

The Field Services division moves in-house thanks to the purchase of Kordia R and M Pty Ltd, maintaining the network of over 622 transmission sites. Rollout of 84 ABC News Radio Services commences.

2007

Broadcast Australia becomes a majority shareholder in Hong Kong based Radio Frequency Engineering Limited (RFE).

2008

Launch of Airwave Solutions (Australia) Pty Ltd as a subsidiary company.Broadcast Australia completes acquisition of Hostworks.

2009

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) acquires MCIG, including Broadcast Australia. Broadcast Australia designs and builds DAB Radio Services for ABC and SBS in five capital cities.

2010

BAI, the parent company for the Broadcast Australia group of businesses, acquires a majority stake in Transit Wireless to design, build and operate communications infrastructure in the New York subway. The first analogue switch-off takes place in Australia.

2012

Broadcast Australia is named Restack Programme Manager and the SBS DTV equalisation programme is contracted for an additional 75 services. BAI Canada is established and signs an exclusive 20+ year agreement with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

2013

Australia switches off Analogue television, heralding a digital television era, and the rollout of 406 ABC DTV services covering 98% of population is completed. Sale of Bridge Networks takes place.

2014

The rollout of 332 SBS DTV services covering 97% of the population is completed. Successful completion of final public retunes as part of the Commonwealth DTV Restack programme affecting 1,476 TV services, ahead of time and budget, freeing spectrum for mobile broadband use.

2015

On 30th October, BAI is renamed BAI Communications. The company operates in Australia, USA, Hong Kong and Canada specialising in broadcast, telecommunications, online and digital, critical communications and defence.