ASC Signal sees record satellite demand
Michelle Clancy
| 11 September 2014
Satellite-focused ASC Signal Corporation is reporting company records for sales of its 9-meter C-, Ku- and Ka-band Earth station antenna systems, exceeding by over three times its nearest revenue and antenna orders in any year in the company's existence.

ASC Signal said that the growth was fuelled by the delivery of a large number of the company's 9.3-meter C-band Earth station antennae in particular, for new installations in the US, Europe, Southeast Asia and on the Indian subcontinent. C-band antennae have been offered to broadcasters and telecom providers around the world for more than two decades.

Several locations where the 9.3-meter antennas were commissioned also installed ASC's 9.4-meter Ku-band systems, it said; these large gateways were implemented for use on Eutelsat, Intelsat, SES and Arabsat satellite systems.

In addition to C- and Ku-band antenna systems, ASC Signal deliveries also included its 9.4-meter Ka-band gateway for use on the Inmarsat Global Xpress system. The 9.4-meter Ka-band systems all utilise ASC's patented sub-reflector tracking (SRT) system.

All of ASC's large gateway antenna systems utilise ASC Signal's Next Generation Controller (NGC), which gives users a single, central device to control and operate multiple antenna systems. The NGC's advanced features in use in these gateways, as well as ASC's entire line of Earth station antennas, include remote access and tracking capabilities built into the system, internal spectrum analyser, redundancy control systems, and other controller features.

"This year once again proved ASC's strength in the provision of high performance, large aperture antennas," said ASC president and CEO Keith Buckley. "The record-setting pace of deliveries of these gateways to teleport operators, telecom services providers and broadcast operations around the world showed that, as market needs expand, ASC's products will continue to meet customer needs."