Satellite Fleet

Key Highlights

  • ABS-3A is located at 3°W connecting the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East
  • It extends ABS' C and Ku-band coverage into the Atlantic Ocean Region
  • Three C-band beams cover the Americas, the Middle East and Africa along with a global beam
  • Four Ku-band beams cover Europe, MENA, South Africa and the Americas
  • The satellite supports VSAT services, TV distribution, IP trunking, cellular backhaul and maritime services
  • ABS-3A is a Boeing 702SP satellite (all-electric propulsion), launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in March 2015. It entered commercial service on 31st August 2015
Parameter C-Band Ku-Band
Number of Transponders   24 24
Transponder Bandwidth (MHz)  72 72
Uplink / Downlink Frequencies (GHz)   5.850-6.425/3.625-4.200 13.750-14.750 / 10.700-11.200,
11.450-11.700, 12.500-12.750
Uplink / Downlink Signal Polarization  Linear (H&V)   Linear (H&V) 
Cross-Polarization Separation (dB)  >27  >27
EIRP (Peak Value) (dBW) 38 (Global) 49 (Europe)
  41 (East Hemi) 49 (MENA)
  43 (West Hemi) 49 (SAF)
51 (Americas)
TWTA Size (Watts) 70 150
TWTA Redundancy   26 for 21 (can be operated up to 24) 24 for 19 (can be operated up to 24)
Receiver Redundancy  9 for 6 8 for 5
Uplink SFD (dBW/m²)  -80 to -100 at G/T of -5 dB/K -76 to -98 at G/T of -2.5 dB/K (Europe and MENA)
-76 to -98 at G/T of -5.0 dB/K (SAF)
-76 to -98 at G/T of -1.0 dB/K (Americas)
G/T (Peak Value) (dB/K) -3.7 (Global) 8.5 (Europe)
3.3 (East Hemi) 7.2 (MENA)
0.4 (West Hemi) 6.7 (SAF)
6.6 (Americas)