ABS-3A at 3° West
|Operator:||Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS)|
|Launch vehicle:||Falcon 9|
|Expected lifetime:||15+ Years|
Featuring both Ku- and C-band beams, ABS-3A is located at 3°W, connecting the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East and extends our C and Ku-band coverage into the Atlantic Ocean region.
ABS-3A is equipped with three C-band beams covering the Americas, the Middle East and Africa, plus a global beam. It also features four Ku-band beams covering Europe, MENA, South Africa and the Americas. The satellite supports a plethora of services including: VSAT, TV distribution, IP trunking, cellular backhaul and maritime services.
The satellite is part of a joint order by ABS and SATMEX (acquired by Eutelsat) of four Boeing 702SP satellites. The first two satellites, ABS-3A and Satmex 7 (Eutelsat 115 West B), were scheduled to be delivered together in late 2014, early 2015.
ABS-3A was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in March 2015 and entered commercial service on 31st August 2015.