Argentina’s state-owned satellite operator Arsat announced that its two satellites – Arsat 1 and Arsat 2 – have reached an occupancy rate of more than 90 percent and are generating some EUR 40 million in revenue. Around 30 percent of the service provided is exported to the United States and other countries on the American continent, with Arsat 2 completing its band C capacity in May 2020.
Earlier this year Arsat confirmed the forthcoming development of a third geostationary satellite with a scheduled launch date of 2023. The new satellite will be called Arsat-SG1 and will be the first High Throughput Satellite (HTS) in the operator’s fleet. It will be manufactured by local technology company INVAP, with a payload in the Ka band and a data traffic capacity of 70 Gbps, including 50 Gbps for Argentina and 20 Gbps for neighbouring countries such as Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay.