ABS (satellite operator)

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ABS, formerly Asia Broadcast Satellite, is a global satellite operator incorporated in Bermuda.[3] Operating 5 communication satellites, the satellite fleet currently covers 93% of the world's population including the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States.[4][failed verification]

TypePrivate (Majority owned by Permira)
IndustrySatellite communication
Founded2006; 16 years ago (2006)
HeadquartersHamilton, Bermuda
Key people
Jim Frownfelter (CEO)[1]


ABS was established in 2006[5] with major shareholder Citigroup Venture Capital International (CVCI) and the financial backing of Asia Debt Management Capital (ADM). The company acquired its first satellite, a Lockheed Martin Intersputnik 1 (LMI-1, a high powered Lockheed Martin A2100 AX satellite, in 2006, from Lockheed Martin Space Communications Ventures, Ltd (LMSCV) and Lockheed Martin Interputnik Ltd (LMI) from Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications (LMGT). LMI-1 satellite was renamed ABS-1.

Currently, ABS owns and operates 5 satellites, including ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3A, ABS-4 and ABS-6.[6]


Broadcast Services Data Services Government ABSPlus
Broadcasting GSM Backhaul Government and Military ABSPlus Teleport
Occasional Use (OU) Broadband Internet and IP Trunking ABSPlus Video
Direct to Home (DTH) VSAT Networks ABSPlus Install
Cable Distribution VNO ABSPlus SatOps
Video Contribution Mobility - Maritime Connectivity ABSPlus Consult
High Definition (HDTV) ABSPlus H2H
Satellite News Gathering (SNG)


Satellite Bus Location Regions served Launched
ABS-2 Loral FS 1300 75°E Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia 2014/2/6
ABS-2A Boeing 702SP 75°E India, Southeast Asia, Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa, GCC 2016/6/15[7][8]
ABS-3A Boeing 702SP 3°W Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East 2015/3/2[4][9][10]
ABS-4 Loral FS 1300 61°E GCC and Northern Africa 2004/3/13
ABS-6 LM A2100 159°E Pacific Ocean and Eastern Asia 1999/9/26


  1. ^ Henry, Caleb (21 December 2017). "ABS picks Jim Simpson as CEO - SpaceNews.com". SpaceNews.com. SpaceNews.com. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Permira buys satellite operator ABS for $200 mln -sources". Reuters. September 13, 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ Forrester, Chris (October 30, 2017). "Choi quits at ABS Hong Kong". advanced-television.com. Archived from the original on 19 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Revolutionary ABS-3A Launched". Asia Broadcast Satellite. 1 March 2015. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Company Overview of Asia Broadcast Satellite Limited". Bloomberg Business. Bloomberg. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  6. ^ "ABS Satellite Fleet Overview". absatellite.com. 28 June 2022. Retrieved 28 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "ABS All-electric Satellite Arrives Early at Operating Orbit". SpaceNews. 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2022-06-28.
  8. ^ Clark, Stephen. "Mission events timeline for Falcon 9's launch for ABS and Eutelsat – Spaceflight Now". Retrieved 2022-06-28.
  9. ^ Clark, Stephen. "Plasma-driven satellites launched from Cape Canaveral – Spaceflight Now". Retrieved 2022-06-28.
  10. ^ "ABS-3A Satellite Enters Commercial Service". spacewar.com. Retrieved 2022-06-28.

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