| Sociedad Anónima|
Government of Argentina
| Nahuelsat S.A.|
400 (June 2014)
| Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Anónima AR-SAT|
Digital television infrastructure
Mobile phone infrastructure
Government of Argentina
Argentina, South America, North America
The Argentine government owned telecommunications company Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Anónima AR-SAT usually known simply as ARSAT was incorporated in 2006 as a Sociedad Anónima through the federal law 26.092. 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%).
Currently ARSAT has four business lines:TDA (Spanish: Televisión Digital Abierta): A country wide digital terrestrial television SATVD-T broadcasting network. The Argentine government ordered a national terrestrial network, where all licensed broadcasting stations can get their programs transmitted through the common system. 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 Argentina 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 Benavidez ground station 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).
Libre.ar (cancelled): In December 2012, gave ARSAT a mandate to set up a cellular network that would be open to small operators. This was possible because the Government had kept a set of frequency bands for a national network operator. The program never materialized and just 18 months later the frequencies were put up for auction.