COMSAT has ratified an agreement with satellite operator ABS to enhance and strengthen the COMSAT global network. The addition of the ABS-3A satellite to the COMSAT Southbury, Connecticut teleport services will bolster its reach throughout the Americas, Europe, and the MENA region to provide connectivity solutions through its terrestrial fibre pathways.
A 14.2M antenna delivering C-band services and a 9M antenna, providing Ku-band services, have been allocated to support the new partnership.
The announcement follows 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, CT. and Santa Paula, CA. On completion, COMSAT will support more satellite constellation providers than any other terrestrial network.
Commenting on the partnership, Director of Teleport Services, Chris Faletra, said: “Connecting with ABS-3A gives us 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. Our mission is to enable partners and customers to effectively maximise the capabilities of space-based assets to optimise essential mission communication systems and ensure on-time and seamless operations, no matter how complex. This new agreement with ABS ensures we continue to do that.”
COMSAT will participate in the ABSPlus programme, which aggregates teleport infrastructures from around the world to seamlessly integrate ground networks with satellites globally. “As an ABSPlus participant, we 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. We are extremely excited to be part of such a powerful offering,” adds Faletra.
Jim Frownfelter, Chairman and CEO of ABS, remarked: “Our collaboration with COMSAT on ABS-3A reinforces our presence in the US market and brings optimal C and Ku-bandwidth and services to enhance and accelerate new business opportunities in this market and other regions. Through our ABSPlus services, COMSAT will further expand its infrastructure, services and efficiencies on the ABSPlus platforms. This new relationship strengthens our commitment to excellence, global reach and flexibility through additional satellite-based connectivity options for our customers.”