The Arab Satellite Communications Organization – Arabsat- participated in the Broadcast, Satellite and Digital Media Event for Middle East and North Africa, CABSAT 2017, during March 21-23, 2017, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
As an active member of the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG), Arabsat sponsored the IRG workshop, with the presence of many broadcasters from both the public and private sectors on March 20, 2017, at the Address Hotel in Dubai.
Engineer Khalid bin Ahmed Balkheyour, President and CEO of Arabsat, said that Arabsat would showcase its latest agreements to promote its exclusive orbital position at 26⁰ East, such as its agreement with the MBC Group, which has already begun to shift all of its important channels to be broadcast exclusively on Arabsat satellites, in addition to many other similar agreements.
Balkheyour also added that Arabsat will showcase the capabilities of its recently launched satellite Badr-7, and the 6th-generation satellites that includes four satellites, three of which are currently being manufactured with one planned to be launched by the end of 2017 and the other two to be launched in 2018. Meanwhile, the fourth satellite, ARABSAT-6D, is the subject of an agreement recently signed in a partnership with Taqnia Space.
Founded in 1976 by the 21 member-states of the Arab League, Arabsat has been serving the growing needs of the Arab world for over 40 years, operating from its headquarter in Riyadh-KSA and two satellite control stations in Riyadh and Tunis.
Now one of the world’s top satellite operators and by far the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world, it carries over 500 TV channels, 200 radio stations, pay-tv networks and wide variety of HD channels reaching tens of millions of homes in more than 80 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Europe—including an audience of over 170 million viewers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region alone tuned into Arabsat’s video “hotspot” at 26° E.
Operating a growing ﬂeet of owned satellites at the 20°E, 26°E, 30.5°E, 39°E and 44.5°E, ARABSAT is the only satellite operator in the MENA region offering the full spectrum of Broadcast, Telecommunications and Broadband services. This capacity will continue to expand with the launching of new satellites, making ARABSAT satellites’ fleet the youngest in the region.
Arabsat also maintains strategic partnerships with most of the world’s leading satellite companies and VAS integrators and with the acquisition of Hellas Sat, one of the leading telecom groups in southeastern Europe, These partnerships and acquisitions continue to expand Arabsat’s reach with new orbital slots and frequency rights, allowing customers to reach farther than ever and deliver content and state-of-the-art solutions to any end-viewers audience or business partner around the world.