Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and Hummerlton Security Services (HSS) announced that they have signed a multi-transponder agreement on ABS-2 and ABS-3 satellites. The capacity agreement will provide additional connectivity for HSS to expand its business network and infrastructure for its growing business in Africa.
Under the multi-year agreement, HSS will use the high-powered C and Ku-band capacity of ABS-2 and ABS-3 to provide data services to its customers across Africa. It will be used to support HSS’s payment gateway services and to extend data connectivity and enterprise applications to ICT and the Banking Industry.
HSS was established in June 2012 to accommodate and run the Africa Innovation HUB Project. The project was born in 2009 as a culmination of many years of research and development for the provision of a convenient secure and affordable multi-transactional platform that utilises the convergence of banking and telecommunications technologies to grant ICT & Financial Products and Services access to wider populations in Africa.
The ABS- 2 satellite, scheduled to be launched soon, will bring new high-powered C and Ku capacity over Africa: a total of 54 transponder units, each equivalent to 36MHz, which is a 3 times capacity increase for ABS for Africa. ABS-2 will be located in geostationary orbit at 75ËšEast. ABS-3 satellite at 3°W offers powerful beams for various applications at low cost, comparable to undersea fiber prices in Africa.
“ABS satellites are among the most technologically advanced and cost effective commercial satellites using cutting edge technology. We see the true potential of Africa and recognise the growing development of the continent today,’’ said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “We understand the importance of providing reliable and affordable connectivity to support HSS’s promise to empower its customers by providing them with improved services and innovative applications. We are proud to partner with HSS to facilitate this strategic opportunity.”
Dragan Sobota, CEO of HSS commented, “Infrastructure development is vital to the growth of Africa and HSS is bridging the gap with this investment to benefit its customers and services. We are actively looking at ways to make smart investments in infrastructure to provide the best communication services available.”