[Satnews] ABS and Arab Satellite Communication Organization (Arabsat) announce both have signed an expansion capacity agreement on ABS-3A for a multi-transponder, multiyear deal for Ku-band payload.
The additional capacity will be used for different customer networks within the Middle East and North Africa regions in particular Saudi Arabia. Under the agreement, Arabsat will use the new bandwidth on ABS-3A at 3 degrees West, mostly for data services for enterprises, banking and government institutions.
ABS-3A, an all-electric propulsion satellite entered commercial service on August 31. The satellite features 48 C- and Ku-band transponders (96 x 36MHz equivalent) and is equipped with high performance beams to support rapidly growing markets in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa regions. ABS-3A provides expansion capacity to reach markets servicing high-growth data, video, mobility and government applications.
“This new contract reiterates Arabsat’s confidence in ABS to support their business plan for this expanding market. We look forward to continually strengthening our relationship with Arabsat in the future,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS.
Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO of ARABSAT, said, “This agreement will enable ARABSAT to expand its customer base and provide more options and solutions.”