Bermuda – March 7th, 2016 – ABS announced it has been granted landing rights from the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) in December 2015 to operate its first satellite in Brazil, the new revolutionary ABS-3A satellite on both C and Ku-bands. ABS-3A is the first commercial all-electrical propulsion satellite in the industry and entered into operation in August 2015.  The satellite is available to serve a wide range of verticals in Brazil, including mobile backhaul, rural broadband, video, Oil & Gas, and mobility applications.

ABS-3A is a high-power satellite providing 720 MHz in C-band and 216 MHz in Ku-band over Latin America.  It also provides superb coverage across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  Due to its innovative design and wide beam coverage, ABS-3A provides the ideal capacity to serve video, data, mobility and government applications in continents on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

“The approval of the landing rights in Brazil is an important milestone for ABS in the region.  We recognize the importance of Latin America and ABS-3A will satisfy the increasing demand for bandwidth for this market,” commented Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “We are looking forward to serving such a vibrant and expanding area which is one of the key emergent markets requiring greater satellite capacity to support its fast growing economies.”

About ABS:

ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites; ABS-2, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, ABS-7.   The satellite fleet covers 80% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

The new satellites: ABS-2A and ABS-8 are planned to launch in 2016 and 2018 respectively.    ABS plans to add more satellites in the next 2-3 years to its growing fleet.

Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, Dubai, South Africa, Germany, Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira.  The Permira funds acquired ABS in 2010.

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