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Native name
Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Anónima AR-SAT
Company typeSociedad Anónima
PredecessorNahuelsat S.A.
FoundedApril 26, 2006 (2006-04-26) in Buenos Aires, Argentina
FounderGovernment of Argentina
HeadquartersAvenida del Libertador 498 – Piso 21, ,
Area served
Argentina, South America, North America
Key people
  • Matías BIANCHI VILLELLI (Chairman)
  • Guillermo RUS (Vice-Chairman)
  • Hugo Iván COUSTAU (Director)
  • Fernando PÉREZ (Director)
  • Marcelo TESORO (Director)
OwnerGovernment of Argentina
Number of employees
400 (June 2014)
Footnotes / references

Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Anónima AR-SAT, usually known simply as ARSAT, is an Argentine government-owned telecommunications company incorporated in 2006 as a Sociedad Anónima through the federal law 26.092.[3] At the time of incorporation, its ownership was shared by the Ministry of Federal Planning, Public Investment and Services (98%) and the Ministry of Economy and Public Finances (2%).[1][2]

Business lines

Current business products

As of 2014, ARSAT had four business lines:[2]

  • TDA (Spanish: Televisión Digital Abierta): A country wide digital terrestrial television SATVD-T broadcasting network.[4] The Argentine government ordered a national terrestrial network, where all licensed broadcasting stations can get their programs transmitted through the common system.[5][6] ARSAT is in charge of developing and installing the initial 90 broadcasting stations.
  • Argentine Geostationary Communication Satellite System (SSGAT for Spanish: Sistema Satelital Geoestacionario Argentino de Telecomunicaciones): The Argentine government has decided to fund a national satellite system where all ITU assigned geostationary orbital slots are filled with satellites designed and manufactured locally. It currently includes the ARSAT-1, ARSAT-2 and ARSAT-3.
    • Conectar Igualdad (Spanish for Connecting Equality): It's the national program for reducing the digital divide. ARSAT is in charge of the satellite segment of the program through the SSGAT.
    • TDA: ARSAT is also in charge of the satellite broadcasting segment of the national digital television broadcasting network.
  • Federal Fiber Optics Network (RFFO for Spanish: Red Federal de Fibra Óptica): The Argentine government has funded a 52,000 km (32,000 mi) fiber optic network to transport Internet, Digital Television, Telephony and private data. ARSAT is in charge of its construction and operation.
    • Conectar Igualdad: ARSAT is also in charge of leveraging the RFFO for this digital divide program.
    • TDA: ARSAT is also in charge of connecting the TDA terrestrial network through the RFFO.
  • Data Center: In its ground station in Benavídez, Tigre Partido, Buenos Aires, ARSAT has built and operates a 4,200 m2 (45,000 sq ft) TIER III certified data center.
  • CEATSA: An environmental testing laboratory. While it is physically connected to INVAP's satellite manufacturing facility, ARSAT holds a majority ownership (80% as of 2015).[7]

Former business products

  • (cancelled): In December 2012, gave ARSAT a mandate to set up a cellular network that would be open to small operators.[8] This was possible because the Government had kept a set of frequency bands for a national network operator.[9] The program never materialized and just 18 months later the frequencies were put up for auction.[10][11]


Satellite Launch (UTC) Launch Vehicle Launch Site Orbit Payload Status Notes
Nahuel 1A 22:04:00, January 30, 1997 (UTC) (1997-01-30T22:04:00Z) Ariane 44L (V93) Guiana Space Centre ELA-2 GSO 71.8 West 27 Ku band TPE Retired on June 7, 2010 Launched along GE-2[12][13][14][15]
ARSAT-1 21:43:52, October 16, 2014 (UTC) (2014-10-16T21:43:52Z) Ariane 5ECA (VA220) Guiana Space Centre ELA-3 GSO 71.8 West 32 Ku band TPE Operational Launched along Intelsat 30[15][16]
ARSAT-2 20:30:00, September 30, 2015 (UTC) (2015-09-30T20:30:00Z) Ariane 5ECA (VA226) Guiana Space Centre ELA-3 GSO 81 West 24 IEEE Ku band TPE and 13 C band TPE Operational[17][18] Launched along Sky Muster[2]
ARSAT SG-1 2025[19] TBA TBA GSO 81 West multi spot Ka band bent-pipe In Development Under construction.[20][21]

See also


  1. ^ a b "EMPRESA ARGENTINA DE SOLUCIONES SATELITALES". Federal Law No. 26,092 of 26 April 2006 (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  2. ^ a b c d Drewes, Lorena (September 2014). El Sector Espacial Argentino [The Argentina Space Sector] (PDF) (in Spanish). ARSAT. p. 27. ISBN 978-987-45569-0-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  3. ^ "Ley 26.092: EMPRESA ARGENTINA DE SOLUCIONES SATELITALES". Centro de documentación e información, Ministerio de economía y finanzas públicas. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Créase el Sistema Argentino de Televisión Digital Terrestre.". Decree No. 1148/2009 PEN of 31 August 2009 (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  5. ^ "Apruébase el Acuerdo para la conformación del Consejo Asesor del Sistema Argentino de Televisión Digital Terrestre.". Resolution No. 1785/2009 MdPFIPyS of 18 September 2009 (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  6. ^ "SERVICIOS DE COMUNICACION AUDIOVISUAL". Federal Law No. 26,522 of 10 October 2008 (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  7. ^ "Sobre CEATSA" [About CEATSA] (in Spanish). CEATSA. Retrieved 2015-09-04.
  8. ^ "Reglamento sobre Administración, Gestión y Control del Espectro Radioeléctrico. Reglamento de Licencias para Servicios de Telecomunicaciones. Modificación.". Decree No. 2426/2012 PEN of 13 December 2012 (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  9. ^ "Registraron a ARSAT como prestadora de servicios móviles" [ARSAT was registered as a cellular phone operator] (in Spanish). Telam. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  10. ^ "Decreto Nº 671/2014. Déjanse sin efecto artículos.". Decree No. 671/2014 PEJ of 12 May 2014 (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  11. ^ "El Gobierno oficializó la licitación del 4G y reconoció que no habrá una empresa estatal de celulares" [Government made the 4G spectrum auction official and recognized that there will not be a public cellular company] (in Spanish). 2014-05-14. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  12. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (2015-08-01). "Nahuel 1A". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  13. ^ Boado, Gustavo; Nahuys, Hugo (June 2012). "Flying a Crippled Satellite" (PDF). SpaceOps. Stockholm: SpaceOps 2012 (Paper 1293306). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  14. ^ "NSSDC Master Catalog – Nahuel 1A". NASA. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  15. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  16. ^ Belluscio, Alejandro G. (2014-10-06). "ArSat-1: Argentina to communicate its heightened space ambitions". NASA SpaceFlight. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  17. ^ "El ARSAT-2 llegó a órbita geoestacionaria" [The ARSAT-2 has reached the geostationary orbit] (in Spanish). ARSAT S.A. 2015-10-10. Retrieved 2015-10-10.
  18. ^ "Sin definición estratégica de Macri, ARSAT busca su destino de la mano de privados" [With no strategic decision from Macri, ARSAT searches for a private hand] (in Spanish). Urgente 24. 2016-07-28. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  19. ^ Jewett, Rachel (20 March 2023). "Arsat Taps CPI for ARSAT-SG1 Gateway Systems". Via Satellite. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  20. ^ "Turkey seals 1st satellite export deal with Argentina-based firm". Daily Sabah. 2021-08-20. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  21. ^ Henry, Caleb (2020-03-19). "Argentine operator Arsat revives plans for third satellite". SpaceNews. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
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