The Bluesky Pacific Group (Bluesky) and A.B.S have signed a multi-transponder contract on ABS-6.
The multi-year capacity deal will offer expanded satellite connectivity services across the Samoan islands and the Pacific.
Under the agreement, Bluesky will use the On C-band (O.C.B) platform for internet, telephony and video content delivery services to Samoa and American Samoa.
This will enable Bluesky to readily extend current high-speed internet connectivity to meet increasing customer demands as required.
Bluesky will also provide essential bandwidth to outlying islands where little or no internet access is currently available.
The O.C.B service is an extremely affordable high-speed Internet access platform delivered by ABS at pricing levels unheard of in the Pacific Region.
It targets to provide 99.9% uptime service that will not be affected by rain degradation.
Bluesky is a leading Pacific regional telecommunications operator providing mobile, broadband, IPTV and landline services in American Samoa, Samoa and Cook Islands and mobile services in New Zealand.
The O.C.B platform will enhance satellite connectivity to the Pacific where frequent typhoons and cyclones are common and C-Band communications are crucial for survival and for the wellbeing of the people. With this extension of internet platforms, Bluesky customers can be assured of greater availability of internet services and coverage in more locations.
“A.B.S strives always to bring the best value for its customers, said Tom Choi, C.E.O of A.B.S.
“O.C.B is an example of our commitment of combining high quality and cost effective satellite services to a market that has not been well served by the incumbents, who have managed to keep prices high in the region that could least afford it.
“A.B.S aims to reset both the quality and affordability expectations in the Pacific region for the betterment of all the customers who we aim to serve.
“We are working closely with Bluesky to provide network access to support their constituents with emerging technologies to connect the Pacific.”
Aoe’e Adolfo Montenegro, C.E.O of Bluesky Pacific Group, said Bluesky is excited about the deal.
“The need for communications is very important to our economies and Pacific people,” he said. “We are committed to ensuring that all the Island’s communication needs are constantly available, provide the best value and the most reliable services to all our customers.”
A.B.S is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world.
A.B.S offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.
A.B.S operates a fleet of satellites; ABS-2, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, ABS- 7. The satellite fleet covers 80% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.
Headquartered in Bermuda, A.B.S has offices in the United States, Dubai, South Africa, Germany, Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira.
The Permira funds acquired A.B.S in 2010.