The link between Optus and Israeli corporations

22 Mar

According to a flyer handed out at the anti- war rally in Sydney yesterday, by ‘Concerned Australian Citizens for Palestine’, Optus, which is owned by the Singapore Government Related Corporation (GIC) has ‘strong military ties’ with the Israeli government. The flyer encourages Australians to boycott Optus products because of this relationship between the Singapore and Israeli government.

Further research online reveals that Optus has signed business agreements with Israeli companies.

In 2005, it entered into an agreement to use LogicaCMG services for ‘delivering solution design, project management, software implementation, systems integration, migration, and ongoing support for a consortium of global partners’. LogicaCMG uses the Adamind’s MediaSpire software which is owned by an Israeli consortium, Emblaze Group that was formed in 1994 as the GEO International Computer Based Training Ltd. While its headquarters is in the US, Adamind still has an R&D centre in Israel.

In 2006, Optus signed a contract to deploy Ceragon’s wireless platform through Australian company, CommTel Network Solutions.  Ceragon was formed in Israel, 1996, as Giganet Ltd.

In 2007, the company entered into another business deal with Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd by using two of its ‘additional SkyEdge satellite hub stations and thousands of VSATs’. The technology was aimed at cost-effectiveness and meant that ‘Optus will operate one of the world’s largest Gilat satellite hub installations comprising more than 20,000 Gilat VSATs to serve a wide range of corporate, government and residential customers’. Gilat Satellite was estalished in 1987 with headquarters in Petah Tikva, Israel.

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