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ACeS

March 2005

Garuda1The ACeS system uses a Garuda geostationary satellite incorporating state-of-the-art design and production techniques to maximize communications capability.

The Garuda satellite provides 11,000 simultaneous telephone channels and is capable of supporting up to 2 million subscribers. Utilizing the Lockheed Martin Corporation A2100XX spacecraft bus and weighing approximately 4500 kg, the Garuda Satellite is one of the most powerful commercial communication satellites ever produced.

The Garuda satellite was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, by International Launch Services via the Proton rocket with a Block 1 DM upper stage on February 12, 2000. With a service life designed to be 12 years, the communications payload features two 12-meter antennas which will provides links with the user terminals via 140 satellite spot beams. The payload also features an advanced digital signal processor for on-board routing and switching of calls to spot beams

A $900 million fully financed project that uses two A2100AX geo satellites manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The services are voice, data, fax and paging. ACeS stands for  Asia Cellular Satelite System. It will cover South East Asia, India, China and Australia.

The $650 million contract to build the two A2100 satellites was announced July 6th, 1995 by Lockheed Martin, East Windsor, NJ. Each satellite has at least 11,000 circuits for service. Launch was originally planned for 1997, postponed till 1998, and again till August 1999.

The Network Control Centre and the three gateways for Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand will begin receiving equipment for site installation late 1997, and all systems installed by late 1998.

Partners in the project are Pasifik Satelit Nasantara (PSN) of Indonesia, Philippine Long Distance Company, Jasmine International PLC, of Thailand. Lockheed Martin is likely to take a 25-32% stake in ACeS. Service provider agreements in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Ericsson will provide dual-mode handsets.


ACeS Satellite Service Launch In Sri Lanka
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Singapore, July 06, 2004 — ACeS launches it's service in Sri Lanka on June 29 through Mobitel, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom Limited and the newest GSM operator in Sri Lanka. Mobitel joins a growing number of ACeS Service Providers in the Asia Region. Mobitel will offer Mobile and Fixed phones enabled by the ACeS satellite to the Sri Lankan market under the brand name M-Sat. One of the service's that is expected to eradicate telephony isolation in Sri Lanka's rural areas is ACeS' latest Satellite Payphone with very low call charges.

The M-Sat service comes with a domestic Sri Lankan telephone number to maintain a seamless extension from Mobitel's terrestrial network to the ACeS satellite network. The domestic numbered service is a hallmark of the ACeS system differentiates it from other similar services. ACeS utilizes local numbers and not "satellite phone country numbers". This keeps the cost of interconnection low and allows the utilization of the ACeS phones to be complementary to local telephone systems and viable for rural telephony solutions.

Mr. Lalith De Silva, CEO of Mobitel, stated "With our strong commitment to providing telephony services to underserved and underdeveloped areas we searched for solutions that would enable Mobitel to provide services to even the remotest part of Sri Lanka. The Satellite service provided by ACeS, which has created a niche in providing rural telephony at an affordable price in Indonesia and the Philippines, was best suited keeping these goals in mind".

"We are proud to be associated with Mobitel in bringing to Sri Lanka the fastest growing mobile Satellite service in Asia" stated Mr. Adi Rahman Adiwoso the CEO of ACeS International. "By making leading edge satellite technology affordable, ACeS has already transformed the lives of many rural communities and made significant contributions to rural economies in many parts of Asia. We are excited about the opportunities to bring these lasting benefits to Sri Lanka" he added.

ACeS will provide Mobile and Fixed line services through its partnership with Mobitel. Mr. De Silva disclosed that the company was in talks with the Government of Sri Lanka to offer Satellite based services at fixed line rates to the proposed regional telecentres and to further bring down the cost of satellite based fixed phone services to near land line rates to increase the telephone penetration in Sri Lanka in keeping with the vision of the government of Sri Lanka.

About ACeS
ACeS, a regional satellite communications company that launched service in Asia early 2001, has continued to expand its services throughout Asia at affordable prices.
ACeS offers digital voice and data over its Fixed or Mobile terminals and coming soon, are high-speed data, asset tracking and SCADA services.
ACeS was pioneered by PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara of Indonesia, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company and Jasmine International Overseas Ltd of Thailand and Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications of the USA. For more information on ACeS, please visit http://www.acesinternational.com.


ACeS' Garuda 1 telephone satellite takes orbital slot
LOCKHEED MARTIN NEWS RELEASE
Posted: March 1, 2000

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An artist's concept of the ACeS Garuda 1 satellite in space. Photo: Lockheed Martin
 

Garuda-1, the first satellite that will serve the geo-based mobile telephone communications market in Asia, reached its final orbital location at 123 degrees East on Feb. 28. In addition, the spacecraft has completed a number of critical milestones, and has completed its subsystem deployments.

The satellite, which is being flown from the A2100 Satellite Operations Center, is performing nominally as it undergoes the on-orbit test regimen.

The satellite first completed the five scheduled liquid apogee engine burns to raise the satellite to geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the earth over a period from Feb. 13 through Feb. 22. Nominal attitude was attained at 9:35 am PST Feb. 23, and the spacecraft achieved earth lock five minutes later. Solar arrays were deployed 11:50 am PST Feb. 23 and the umbrella-shaped antennas were deployed at 11:51 am PST on Feb. 24. The 12-meter antennas are the largest deployed on a commercial satellite, and enable users to communicate via the satellite with handsets the size of an ordinary cell phone with a cigar-sized antenna.

"We're very pleased with the successful subsystem deployments and initial performance of the satellite during the in-orbit check-out procedures," said Craig Renton, director of geo mobile programs at Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems.

Garuda-1 is the first satellite of a constellation that will comprise the Asia Cellular Satellite (ACeS) System. ACeS is an advanced mobile telephony and data service communication system that will enable customers equipped with hand-held terminals to communicate globally via high-quality, low cost digital signals that will provide access to wireless voice, data, and fax services. Additionally, the system is compatible with GSM standards for roaming capabilities.

The ACeS System is owned by Bermuda-based ASIA Cellular Satellite (ACeS) International, with primary shareholders Pasifik Satelit Nusantara, Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications, the Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company and Jasmine International Overseas Company Ltd.

 

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The Proton rocket rumbles to life on its Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad with Garuda 1 aboard. Photo: ILS
 

The satellite was successfully launched Feb. 13 at 1:10 AM Pacific Time on an International Launch Services-provided Proton-D1e rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Garuda-1 is a 14 kilowatt satellite at the beginning of life and an end-of-life power capacity of nine kilowatts, making it one of the most powerful telecommunications satellites ever launched. With a mass of 4,500 kilograms, the satellite is the largest built in the Commercial Satellite Center in Sunnyvale, CA, and the largest commercial payload to be launched on a Proton rocket.

The satellite operates with the terrestrial gateways in C-band, but interfaces with the mobile subscriber terminals in L-band via 140 spot beams that cover the whole of Asia to provide geo-based mobile telephony, providing coverage to nearly 3.5 billion people -- about 60 percent of the world's population. In addition, the ACeS spacecraft is capable of handling between two million and three million subscribers and up to five billion minutes of telecommunications traffic per year.

The satellite is planned to begin service in a few months, following in-orbit checkout operations.

The second ACeS satellite, Garuda-2, will serve first as a back-up to Garuda-1, and then allow the ACeS system to expand coverage to western and central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and northern Africa. Garuda-2 is being built at the Lockheed Martin Commercial Satellite Center.


Garuda-1, first ACeS satellite, launched from Baikonur

SUNNYVALE, CA, Feb. 13, 2000 -- Garuda-1 was launched today at 1:10 AM Pacific Time on an International Launch Services-provided Proton-D1e rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Garuda-1, the first satellite that will serve the geo-based mobile telephone communications market in Asia, is the first satellite of a constellation that will comprise the ACeS System.

Based on the A2100 AXX bus, Garuda-1 is a 14 kilowatt satellite at the beginning of life and an end-of-life power capacity of nine kilowatts, making it one of the most powerful telecommunications satellites ever launched. The satellite was built by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, Sunnyvale, CA. The satellite is planned to begin service in a few months, following in-orbit checkout operations.

ACeS is an advanced mobile telephony and data service communication system that will enable customers equipped with hand-held terminals to communicate via high-quality, low cost digital signals that will provide access to voice, data, and fax services. The ACeS System is owned by Bermuda-based ASIA Cellular Satellite (ACeS) International, with primary shareholders Pasifik Satelit Nusantara, Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications, the Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company and Jasmine International Overseas Company Ltd.

"When completed, the ACeS constellation will instantaneously provide the communications infrastructure required to serve more than half of the world's population," said Peter Kujawski, President of Commercial Space Systems. "Given the size and topography of Asia, satellite-based telecommunications service is the best way to serve this market. We're extremely pleased to be part of the ACeS team."

The satellite operates with the terrestrial gateways in C-band, but interfaces with the mobile subscriber terminals in L-band via 140 spot beams that cover the whole of Asia to provide geo-based mobile telephony, providing coverage to nearly 3.5 billion people -- about 60 percent of the world's population. In addition, the ACeS spacecraft is capable of handling up to five billion minutes of telecommunications traffic per year and nearly two million subscribers.

The second ACeS satellite, Garuda-2, will serve first as a back-up to Garuda-1, and then allow the ACeS system to expand coverage to western and central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and northern Africa.


Oct. 5, 1999

Garuda-1, first ACeS satellite, readied for launch at Baikonur

Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems News Release

SUNNYVALE, CA - Garuda-1, the first satellite that will serve the geo-based mobile telephone communications market in Asia, is currently being readied for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Garuda-1 is the first satellite of a constellation that comprises the ACeS System.

ACeS is an advanced mobile telephony and data service communication system that will enable customers equipped with hand-held terminals to communicate via high-quality, low cost digital signals that will provide access to voice, data, and fax services. The ACeS System is owned by Bermuda-based ASIA Cellular Satellite (ACeS) International, with primary shareholders Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications, Pasifik Satelit Nusantara, Jasmine International Overseas Company Ltd. and the Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company.

The satellite was built by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, Sunnyvale, CA. It will be launched on a Proton-D1e supplied by International Launch Services, San Diego.

The satellite left Moffett Federal Airfield on Sept. 23 on an Antonov transport aircraft and arrived in Baikonur on Sept. 25. The satellite is planned to begin service in April 2000, following in-orbit checkout operations.

"With the impending launch of the ACeS satellite and the final integration of the network and satellite control centers and gateways during very thorough system testing this fall and winter, the ACeS International business will be positioned to serve all of Asia with very competitively priced services and small GSM and D/AMPS handsets. We believe that this system is the solution for satellite-based mobile services which our industry has been searching for," said Michael Williams, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Ventures at Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications and member of the ACeS International Board.

"Providing telecommunications service in this region via geostationary satellites is an incredible technical accomplishment," said Peter Kujawski, President of Commercial Space Systems. "We're extremely pleased to continue this partnership with ACeS."

"This A2100 AX-based satellite is capable of handling two to three million subscribers per year" said Craig Renton, Director of geo-mobile satellite programs at Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems. "Our satellites can provide the greatest capacity at the lowest cost for the ACeS system."

The satellite will operate in the L-band to provide geo-based mobile telephony services to Asia, providing coverage of 60 percent of the world's population. The second ACeS satellite, Garuda-2, will serve first as a back-up to Garuda-1, and then allow the ACeS system to expand coverage to western and central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and northern Africa.


July 6, 1995

LOCKHEED MARTIN SIGNS CONTRACT TO BUILD ACeS SATELLITE MOBILE TELEPHONE SYSTEM

EAST WINDSOR, N.J., July 6 A Lockheed Martin team led by Astro Space has signed a $650-million contract to build a complete mobile telephone communications system for the Asia Cellular Satellite system (ACeS).

The system will provide voice, facsimile and pager services through new satellites to hand-held mobile and fixed terminals throughout Southeast Asia, India and China beginning in 1998. ACeS will allow a person to use the same Global System for Mobile communications (GSM)- based number for both mobile and cellular telephones while traveling throughout Asia.

ACeS is a consortium that includes PT. Pasifik Satelit Nusantara of Indonesia, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company and Jasmine International PLC of Thailand. "We're very excited about building this system to provide new service throughout Asia," declared Adi Adiwoso, president director of PT. Pasifik Satelit Nusantara and chief executive officer of ACeS.

"We now have partners in this venture who are leaders in telecommunications in Asia," he stated. "We have the Lockheed Martin satellites and overall system. Our funding for the full project is in place. We're ready to start building the system." Adiwoso pointed out that ACeS service will cost users much less than competing worldwide systems. He also emphasized that the ACeS dual-mode telephone would operate with GSM and AMPS cellular systems throughout the world as well as with the ACeS satellite system.

The Lockheed Martin system includes two A2100 satellites, the company's newest communications spacecraft, three national gateways to connect with local telephone systems, network and satellite control centers, launch services, training, and operations and maintenance. As recently announced, ACeS has selected Ericsson as the developer for the GSM-based cellular telephone handsets.

"Our effort with ACeS shows our ability to offer outstanding turnkey technical solutions to serve a worldwide mobile telephone market," stated Russell T. McFall, vice president of commercial programs at Astro Space. "Signing of this contract shows the competitive strength of the new Lockheed Martin Corporation," he added.

Astro Space will build the two A2100 spacecraft, each of which will offer at least 11,000 circuits for service. Astro Space will also provide gateways in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand to connect the ACeS system with existing local telephone systems, a network control center in Indonesia to manage the system, a satellite control center in the same place to control and monitor the spacecraft, and launch services. The Astro Space contract also includes options for additional satellites that could, if exercised, significantly increase the value of the program.

Lockheed Martin Management and Data Systems, Valley Forge, Penn., will perform overall systems engineering and integration and provide the full ground architecture.

Launch of the first ACeS satellite is planned for 1998, with service beginning a few months thereafter

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