ARSAT tunes in SES-17 to expand satellite broadband connectivity for Argentina

July 20, 2022
SES-17 is said to be the only high-performance Ka-band satellite currently operating in the Americas region with full coverage over the Argentine mainland.

ARSAT, Argentina’s foremost telecommunications company, reports that it will be taking advantage of SES’s recently launched, high performance geostationary (GEO) satellite, SES-17, to deliver high-quality connectivity services to all areas of Argentina.

A joint announcement said that, starting in mid-2022, a new multi-year agreement will allow ARSAT to provide reliable broadband satellite services via SES. By leveraging the capacity of SES-17, ARSAT will improve access to affordable and high-quality satellite broadband services for business and residential applications.

In addition, ARSAT will use SES-17 to accelerate internet connectivity in public schools throughout the country in the framework of an agreement signed with the country's Ministry of Education.

Operating at 67 degrees West, the partners contend SES-17 is the only high-performance Ka-band satellite currently operating in the Americas region with full coverage over the Argentine mainland. The satellite’s 200 fully flexible beams also make it optimal for delivering quality connectivity services to underserved communities across the country.

“It is widely recognised that improved connectivity services change people’s lives and transform the way industries operate, bringing far-reaching economic and social benefits. This agreement will allow us to continue providing high performance broadband services to improve digital inclusion throughout our country,” commented Matias Tombolini, president at ARSAT.

SES operates a multi-orbit constellation of satellites with a unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including its commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. Leveraging an intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES notes it is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions "anywhere on land, at sea or in the air," and is a partner to global telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. The SES video network carries over ~8,200 channels with a reach of 366 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content. The company is listed on Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG).

“ARSAT and SES have enjoyed a fruitful and strategic relationship for more than a decade. We are delighted to support ARSAT in its mission to generate a positive social impact, connecting unserved and underserved regions in Argentina and supporting the needs of young people throughout the country,” said Omar Trujillo, VP of Networks Sales for the Americas at SES. “We’re delighted to further strengthen the cooperation between ARSAT and SES and look forward to working together for decades to come.”