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Who we are

Established in 1994 by Kevin Ledley, for more than 20 years AusOptic has been a leader in establishing innovative new optical technologies in the Asia-Pacific market.

The team at AusOptic has built a trusted reputation by consistently bringing real-world technical expertise and first-class support to our clients.

Clients supported

  • ANU
  • ARC Infrastructure
  • ASC
  • ASX
  • ATO
  • Aurora Energy
  • BAE Systems
  • Downer
  • DST Group
  • DXC
  • Equinix
  • Finisar
  • Foxtel
  • Macquarie University
  • Murdoch University
  • NBN
  • Optus
  • RMIT University
  • SAAB Technologies
  • Snowy Hydro
  • Sydney Trains
  • TasNetworks
  • Telstra
  • Thales
  • TPG Telecoms
  • University of Sydney
  • Visionstream
What we do

Specialist Tools and Equipment

We source specialist optical tools and equipment from around the world, and bring them to you backed with full local warranty and AusOptic technical support.

To make sure you’ve got the right tool for your job, we get hands-on with the products to test their real-world performance, reliability, and make sure they’re correctly specified and complied for Australian standards.

  • Fusion splicers and fibre optic cleavers
  • OTDRs, test and inspection equipment
  • Optical cleaning supplies
  • Fibre termination and access tools
  • Fibre interconnect components
  • SFP Transceivers, Media Converters and Mux
  • Ethernet and Optical Transport Networking (OTN) Devices
  • Laboratory and production-line equipment

Consult and Design Solutions

Apply our real-world expertise to your optical applications. We can provide you with practical and straight-forward advice for your specialised optical applications - from research, to prototypes and full-scale production.

Our team brings experience across photonics research, high-yield production line applications, fibre in telecommunications, Ethernet and industrial communication links, as well as project supply for local and international contractors.

For clients designing or extending their network infrastructure, the AusOptic team work with a vendor-agnostic approach. We are experienced at utilising your existing network infrastructure to provide innovative, efficient and effective local solutions.

To make sure you’ve got the right tool for your job, we get hands-on with the products to test their real-world performance, reliability, and make sure they’re correctly specified and complied for Australian standards.

  • 100G / 200G for Data Centre Interconnects (DCIs), Metro, and Long Haul applications
  • High-security Layer-1 Encryption for DWDM and CWDM transport
  • LTE mobile backhaul demarcation with seamless TDM to Ethernet migration
  • Legacy Ethernet, TDM and Serial RS-232 copper-to-fibre integration
  • Large Diameter Fibre (LDF) preparation and specialty fibre splicing equipment
  • High-volume, high-yield optical fibre processing equipment for production lines
  • Manufacturing solutions for Fibre Bragg Gratings (FBGs)
  • High-definition distributed strain and temperature measurement for aerospace
  • Tunable semiconductor lasers, laser diodes and VCSEL arrays
  • Opto-mechanical hardware, motion control systems, manual stages and holders

Equipment Service and Calibration

Our equipment is backed by AusOptic’s in-house service facilities for maintenance and calibration. Our whole team is dedicated to helping you get the most out of your equipment throughout its lifecycle. Benefit from warranty support direct from the manufacturer, access to genuine spare parts, firmware and product updates.

For more than 20 years, AusOptic has serviced equipment for Government departments, training organisations, installers, consultants, major telecommunication companies, mining, oil and gas sites.

Tuned for Australian Conditions, our advanced fusion splicer tuning and service work is driven by the need to handle the climate extremes of Australia and being ready to be deployed anywhere.

  • Manufacturer-backed channel for parts and warranties
  • Professionally trained service staff with electronic, optical and mechanical engineering qualifications
  • Diagnostic testing and quotations on repair work
  • Door-to-door OTDR and test equipment calibration services
  • Regional logistics support for clients across the Asia-Pacific region

Company History and Project Milestones

AusOptic founded by Kevin Ledley

The company’s first office was opened in Seven Hills, NSW, Australia

AusOptic Seven Hills
Established the forte® equipment brand

Designed, manufactured and exclusively distributed by AusOptic

The name forte® is derived from “fibre optic rack and termination equipment”

1998 - 2005
Supply contract for Telstra Corporation Ltd

Contracted to supply 350+ FITEL S175 Fusion Splicers into Telstra including dedicated, fast-turnaround service contract, plus training and support around Australia for remote engineers

Further investment in AusOptic equipment service facilities, engineer training at FITEL in Japan

Telstra extended the yearly service contract with AusOptic for 11 years

Telstra FITEL S175
Established the ARAPALA® test equipment brand

The ARAPALA® line of fibre optic test equipment is designed, manufactured and exclusively distributed by AusOptic International

Project for BAE Systems Australia

Cisco media conversion application customised to Defence requirements

Work completed as part of Defence force frigate upgrade

BAE Systems
AusOptic Head Office relocated to Lane Cove

In 2010 the head office relocated to Lane Cove, NSW – 12km outside the Sydney CBD

AusOptic Lane Cover
Project for Cisco Systems Australia Pty Ltd

Designed specialised FTTX solution for Cisco hardware Equipment compatibility tested and passed at Cisco labs in Victoria

Cisco Systems
Project for Australian Securities Exchange Ltd (ASX)

Designed and delivered a customised low-latency full-spectrum CWDM network with DWDM overlay

2012 - 2016
Test equipment for the ASC AWD Project

Provided ultra-high resolution Luna Optical Backscatter Reflectometer (OBR) for the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) shipbuilder ASC.

ASC AWD Project
2012 - 2017
Opto-mechanical component supply for CSIRO

Opto-mechanical component supply to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in partnership with Opto-Sigma, Japan.

Equipment for CSIRO
2012 - 2017
Optical test equipment for DST Group

Consulted and supplied passive components, test and measurement equipment for various Defence Science and Technology (DSTO) Group projects (3SAE, Luna, OptoSigma and Anritsu) within the Australian Government's Department of Defence.

Equipment for DST Group
2013 - 2017
Distributed Sensor Interrogator for BAE

Provided Optical Distributed Sensor Interrogator solutions in partnership with Luna, USA.

Distributed Sensor Interrogator for BAE Systems
Project for Staples Australia Pty Ltd

Designed and delivered DWDM solution including long-range SFP+ and DWDM Mux/Demux equipment

Project for TasNetworks / Aurora Energy Pty Ltd

Designed and delivered local and interstate CWDM communications link between Tasmania and Victoria on behalf of Anittel Pty Ltd

TasNetworks and Aurora Energy
Project for Telstra Corporation Ltd

Designed solution for running OC3 over existing MM fibre between exchanges 5km apart

Telstra Contract
Project for SubSea 7

Supplied media conversion and transceiver solution for underwater vehicle video and communications link

Subsea 7
2015 - 2016
Vector Analyser for the University of Sydney

Provided Optical Vector Analyser from Luna, and supplied passive fibre components to the required specification.

OVA for the University of Sydney
Project for Snowy Hydro Ltd

Collaborated with Snowy Hydro on the design and testing phases of the system upgrade

Supplied RAD NID MiRiCi 155 media converters programmed for remote project sites

Snowy Hydro Ltd
Project for Fiji Electricity Authority

Designed and delivered industrial control system and carrier-grade communications upgrade for existing Cisco infrastructure

Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA)
Launch of ecommerce platform at ausoptic.com.au

Design refresh for the AusOptic brand

Expanded ecommerce platform to serve both local Australian and international APAC markets

2016 - 2017
Micro-manipulation System for Massey University, NZ

Consulted and supplied bio-photonics Micro-manipulation System (MMS) in partnership with Opto-Sigma, Japan.

Opto-Sigma for Massey University