Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) is one of the fastest growing premium satellite operators in the world. ABS serves a global customer base with representatives in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Led by a management team of talented and experienced professionals, ABS offers a complete range of End-to-End solutions including Direct to Home (DTH) and Cable TV distribution (CATV), Cellular Backhaul, VSAT and Internet Backbone services with diverse IP transit through its European and Asian internet gateways. ABS currently host over 175 TV channels making it as one of the top broadcasters of TV channels in the Asia Pacific.
Since the original acquisition of its flagship satellite (ABS-1) in 2006, ABS has grown from a single satellite operator to operating four satellites in orbit (ABS-1, ABS-1A, ABS-3, and ABS-7) and its fifth satellite (ABS-2) currently under construction.
ABS-3 at 3W will provide affordable high powered C and Ku-band satellite coverage over the Sub-Saharan African region to serve Africa’s growing communications requirements.
The ABS-2 satellite (scheduled 2013) will be located in geostationary orbit at 75 degrees East. Fitted with 89 active C, Ku, and Ka-band transponders, it will provide optimized direct TV broadcast, multimedia applications, telecommunications and data transmission services for Asia Pacific, Russia/CIS, Africa and the Middle East.
The ABS satellite fleet covers four-fifths of the world’s population across Asia Pacific, Africa, E. Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.
Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) was established to meet the growing demands of broadcast and telecommunications operators in the Indian Ocean Region. In September 2006, with major shareholder Citigroup Venture Capital International (CVCI) and the financial backing of Asia Debt Management Capital (ADM Capital), ABS was able to successfully conclude the acquisition of the Lockheed Martin Intersputnik (LMI) satellite operator from Lockheed Martin. Since the acquisition, the LMI company has been renamed Asia Broadcast Satellite Limited (ABS) and the LMI-1 satellite has been renamed ABS-1 satellite.
On November 15, 2010, the Permira Funds and the ABS management team announced the successful acquisition of the ABS holding company, which represented a full exit for CVCI, ADM Capital and certain other shareholders. The Permira funds, a global private equity firm, have significant experience in the satellite sector with successful investments in Inmarsat, a leading provider of global mobile satellite communication services (2003) and Intelsat, the leading provider of fixed satellite services worldwide (2005).