Asia Cellular Satellite (ACeS)
The Asia Cellular Satellite (ACeS) is owned by ACeS International Ltd, a consortium that includes Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) of the Philippines, the Pasifik Satelit Nusantara of Indonesia, Jasmine International of Thailand and Lockheed Martin of the USA.
The ACeS system uses the most recent technological breakthrough to maximize its communications capability. The system is comprised of one geosynchronous satellite, a Satellite Control Facility (SCF), a Network Control Center (NCC), gateways that interconnect with terrestrial telecommunications networks worldwide, and the user terminal. The ACeS Garuda 1 Satellite is considered one of the most powerful satellite systems ever built for commercial use. The Garuda satellite built by Lockheed Martin, features two 12-meter antennas, on board digital processing and up to 140 spot beams covering the whole of Asia. It is also capable of supporting 11,000 simultaneous telephone voice channels and up to two million subscribers.
The satellite reaches the stretch of Papua New Guinea to Pakistan, around Japan and China down to Indonesia.
Photo shows the ACeS Garuda 1 Satellite coverage.
The Satellite Control Facility monitors and controls the satellite while the Network Control Center consists of the hardware, software and facilities required in the management and control of the ACeS telecommunication system resources. The SCF and NCC, located at the ACeS facility in Batam Island, Indonesia, share a 15-meter parabolic antenna.
The ACeS gateways provide the primary interface between the ACeS system and other terrestrial communication networks such the Public Switch Telephone Netwok (PSTN) and Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN). The ACeS system provides commercial service in the Asia-Pacific region thru its three national gateways — in the Philippines, Indonesia, and in Thailand.
Figure above shows the ACeS System Call Diagram
Enjoy and experience the features and benefits of the ACeS service through the SMART Link Satellite terminals.