Boeing has placed a satellite built for ABS (Asia Broadcast Satellite) into commercial service, providing enhanced direct-to-home television services to customers in Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, South Asia and South East Asia.
This satellite, ABS-2A, joins ABS-3A as Boeing’s second all-electric propulsion 702 satellite for ABS.
“We have completed our three-satellite build investment in launching three satellites in three consecutive years, including ABS-2 in 2014 as well as Boeing’s ABS-3A in 2015 and ABS-2A in 2016,” ABS CEO Tom Choi said.
Boeing is the first manufacturer to build and deliver all-electric propulsion satellites.
“ABS-2A is the latest high-capacity satellite providing expansion and continuity of satellite services at ABS’ prime gateway over the Indian Ocean region," Choi said. "It is located with ABS-2 at our premium neighborhood at 75°E optimized for video services for growing television community access and direct-to-home businesses."