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Qatar’s Es’hailSat reveals Es’hail-2 and Teleport details at IBC 2016

Es'hailSat executives pose in front of the Es'hailSat stand at the IBC in Amsterdam, September 2016. Photograph courtesy of Es'hailSat.
Es’hailSat executives pose in front of the Es’hailSat stand at the IBC in Amsterdam, September 2016. Photograph courtesy of Es’hailSat.

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, exhibited at the annual IBC conference and exhibition held on 9‐13 September at RAI in Amsterdam. IBC is the premier annual event for the global broadcast, content delivery, digital media and satellite sectors. The company showcased Es’hail‐1, currently broadcasting high quality, premium high definition content from the key Middle East and North Africa (MENA) broadcast hotspot of 25.5°/26° E. In addition to providing transmission and expansion opportunities for established news and sports channels, a growing number of local and regional Arabic channels are choosing Es’hailSat to launch their services in MENA. Es’hail‐1 also supports VSAT and maritime services on its Ka‐band payload.

With Es’hail‐2 scheduled to join Es’hail‐1 at the broadcast hotspot in 2017, Es’hailSat is currently implementing a number of products and services to be launched on Es’hail‐2 when it becomes operational next year. With a high-powered beam covering the whole of Middle East and North Africa, Es’hail‐2 will be well positioned to provide broadcasters the ideal platform to distribute their content across the region.

With a commitment to providing broadcasters with secure and independent satellite transmission, Es’hailSat has started construction of its own teleport that will be operational in 2017. The new facility at a dedicated site north of Doha, Qatar, will support telemetry, tracking, and command (TT&C) and capacity management for Es’hailSat satellites, together with a wide range of teleport services such as uplink, downlink, turnaround, multiplexing, encoding and playout. The high‐tech teleport will also provide back‐up studios for TV channels and serve as a disaster recovery facility for broadcasters, and will be linked with key media broadcasters by a redundant, dedicated fibre optic link.

Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari, President and Chief Executive Officer of Es’hailSat said, “With Es’hail‐2 and our new teleport coming online in 2017, we have been scaling up on our marketing and sales efforts, and IBC is an ideal platform for us to showcase our capabilities and service offerings in the international arena. We believe we have the optimum solutions to support broadcasters in the MENA region and beyond, not only in terms of technical capabilities and performance but also in terms of security of 
 content. We see this exhibition as an important element in our strategy to attract international customers who value broadcasting independence and quality of service.”

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