Arabsat has signed an agreement for a multi-transponder lifetime Ku-band payload on ABS’s 3A satellite, which is planned for launch in late 2014 or early 2015.
The deal will help Arabsat to serve its customers and grow its business across the Middle East and North Africa.
The ABS-3A satellite will be one of the world’s first all-electric propulsion satellites (a Boeing 702SP platform satellite) with nearly 8 kilowatts of EOL payload power and up to a total of 48 C and Ku-band transponders.
It will be located at 3° West and will offer expanded capacity connecting the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa regions. Its wide C and Ku-band coverage will serve both sides of the Atlantic for trans-Atlantic as well as regional connectivity and services.
Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO of Arabsat, said: “Arabsat has put in the market a request for proposals for four new satellites at different orbital locations, and yet, we continue to see rapid increase in customers’ demand on telecommunication and broadcasting services across the region. This agreement leverages Arabsat’s capabilities to harness more growth opportunities over the coming three years.”