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Argentina's national satellite and telecoms operator ARSAT is attending Satellite 2016 in a bid to become a key player in the Latin American sector.

arsat 2Although ARSAT has been focusing on the Argentinean market, providing telecom and video services through satellite, it does cover the entire region via Arsat 1 and the recently launched Arsat 2. It also operates a growing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network across the country.

Even though the second satellite is not yet commercialised, the public company has already inked a deal with Arianespace to launch a third satellite. But some inside the government have said that Arsat 3 may be delayed due to lack of demand and the company's financial situation.

“ARSAT needs to become sustainable and profitable, so it can reinvest earnings into a growing infrastructure,” explained Rodrigo de Loredo, ARSAT president. “Our role is to integrate the country through telecommunications, and we need to generate more resources for that.”

The Argentinean operator understands the future doesn’t lie in only covering Argentina, but providing services across the entire Latin American region. “Telecom demand grows 600% year-on-year, and customer demand for higher speeds and better quality is always increasing,” added Rodrigo de Loredo, who is leading ARSAT's attendance at Satellite 2016, which runs until 10 March in Washington.

ARSAT aims to approach some of the 350-plus firms appearing at the event, covering different satellite-related markets such as broadcast, broadband, data analysis, research and defence. “We are going to show what we do, commercialise our services, learn and open ARSAT to the world,” concluded De Loredo.