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April 29th, 2020

COMSAT and ABS Establish Connectivity Relationship

Antenna at the COMSAT Connecticut Teleport will enhance C- and Ku-band U.S. connectivity solutions on ABS-3A.
Photo is courtesy of COMSAT.

COMSAT Inc. has ratified an agreement with ABS to enhance and strengthen the COMSAT global network — the addition of the ABS-3A satellite to the COMSAT Southbury, Connecticut teleport services bolsters the firm's reach throughout the Americas, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East to provide more resilient and robust connectivity solutions through its terrestrial fiber pathways.

A 14.2 meter antenna delivering C-band services and a 9 meter antenna, providing Ku-band services, have been allocated to support the new partnership. As demand for data transmission increases globally the agreement focuses on providing multiple service options and strengthened satellite connectivity to deliver increased amounts of data, video, mobility, and government applications between the U.S. and international markets.

The announcement follows hard on the heels of COMSAT being named 2020 Independent Teleport Operator of the Year by the World Teleport Association at the 25th annual awards held in March this year. It also complements an ambitious expansion plan currently in process at COMSAT’s Tier 4 WTA certified teleports in Southbury, Connecticut. and Santa Paula, California. On completion, COMSAT will support more satellite constellation providers than any other terrestrial network.

The latest COMSAT investment also supports the full SD communications network. As part of the Satcom Direct family of companies, COMSAT works closely with the SD Data Center providing one of the industry’s leading cybersecurity services. The SD Data Center in Melbourne, Florida, allows customers to use the teleports as a bridge for both legacy and new networks through its in-house data center services. Access to its cloud services or any of the numerous cloud service providers is also available.

Director of Teleport Services, Chris Faletra, said that connecting with ABS-3A gives the company augmented access to additional international markets from our east coast ground station to support a wider variety of data, content contribution, broadcast and distribution video services. The firm's mission is to enable partners and customers to effectively maximize the capabilities of space-based assets to optimize essential mission communication systems and ensure on-time and seamless operations, no matter how complex. This new agreement with ABS ensures COMSAT continues to accomplish that goal. COMSAT will participate in the ABSPlus program, which aggregates teleport infrastructures from around the world to seamlessly integrate ground networks with satellites globally. As an ABSPlus participant, the comany will supplement an already impressive set of high standard technology companies in the ABSPlus family, and plan to add value to the collective efficiency and reliability of network delivery.

Jim Frownfelter, Chairman and CEO of ABS, added the collaboration with COMSAT on ABS-3A reinforces the company's presence in the U.S. market and brings optimal C- and Ku- bandwidth and services to enhance and accelerate new business opportunities in this market and other regions.  ABS-3A offers prime C-and Ku-band payload capacity to support fast-growing data and video markets with comprehensive coverage in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Through the ABSPlus services, COMSAT will further expand its infrastructure, services and efficiencies on the ABSPlus platforms.  This new relationship strengthens the ABS commitment to excellence, global reach and flexibility through additional satellite-based connectivity options for customers.

Artistic rendition of the ABS-3A satellite empowered by an ion propulsion system. Image is courtesy of Boeing.

COMSAT, Inc. is an operator of customized, secure end-to-end satellite communications services. A full portfolio of fixed satellite solutions (C-Band, Ku-Band, Ka-Band, X-Band and UHF) and mobile satellite solutions (Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium) to aeronautical, land-mobile and maritime users in multiple markets, including U.S. government and military, global governments, educational institutions and commercial maritime, are offered. COMSAT owns and operates two teleports located in Southbury, Connecticut, and Santa Paula, California, that provide various communications and data center services to commercial, government and educational institutions worldwide including end-to-end connectivity, co-location and research efforts, critical data backup and recovery, satellite and terrestrial network data center, cloud and cybersecurity services.