Our History


BTS Networks was established in 1995 to provide independent operations and maintenance services to national and regional broadcast and telecommunications clients. The company’s first major task came with the successful bid to NEC Australia to install and commission a 30kWatt TV transmitter in Canberra for the SBS TV service.

In 1996, BTS teamed successfully with Broadcast Communications Limited (BCL) to jointly bid for the operations and maintenance of the National Transmission Network (NTN). NTA was (since purchased by Broadcast Australia) the owner operator of all the ABC and SBS television and radio transmitters throughout Australia and initially awarded BTS/BCL a three-year contract for the Queensland, South Australia and NT sites. This was the first time these sites had been managed by parties other than the PMG/Telecom/Telstra. In 1999 the contract was extended to 518 major broadcast sites across Australia until completed in May 2006.

In October 1997 BTS gained quality certification to ISO 9002 standard. This certification was recently renewed as a result of a triennial registration renewal audit and continues to be upheld as the companies quality system.

BTS expanded the operation and in 1998 was awarded a contract by Singtel Optus for the field response and maintenance support of over 150 mobile cell sites throughout regional Queensland. These sites were supported on a 24/7/365 basis with a 60-minute on site response obligation.

During 1998/99 BTS successfully provided a turnkey package to WIN Television in Western Australia to design and build an analogue Television transmission network to provide coverage for the entire state within a 12 month period.

During 2004 BTS expanded further by introducing maintenance teams in New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia. These new teams undertake remote site management for all WIN Television sites and services in these States. BTS also expanded its roles in Tasmania and Victoria to include the management of WIN Television sites and services. The result being that BTS undertakes all remote site management for WIN Television nationally.

In 2005, BTS was awarded an Operations and Maintenance Service Contract by Digital Distribution Australia for one of the world's largest microwave radio networks consisting of over 220 sites most of which are trunk radio sites carrying 6 x STM1 circuits of traffic. In addition to microwave routes and equipment diversity, the network incorporates fibre capacity between capital cities. An ATM platform has been deployed throughout the network to provide a multi-service capability with guaranteed Quality of Service.

BTS provides service response, routine and corrective maintenance, project delivery, spares, and client management services to the network. BTS’ experience in fault management in rural and remote areas is a perfect fit with DDA’s network management requirements and we continue to work with DDA to together improve our services to their network.