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Qatar’s Es’hailSat at IBC 2017

Artist’s conception of Es’hailSat’s Es’hail-2 telecommunications satellite. Credits: MELCO.

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, is exhibiting at the annual IBC exhibition in Amsterdam, the leading platform for the broadcast, content delivery, digital media and satellite sectors across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The company is showcasing Es’hail‐1, currently transmitting high quality, premium DTH television content from the 25.5°/26° East neighborhood for leading channels such as Al Jazeera and beIN Sports, and Es’hail‐2, the company’s second satellite scheduled for launch soon.

In addition to providing transmission and expansion opportunities for established news and sports channels, a growing number of new Arabic channels are choosing Es’hailSat to launch in the MENA region. Qatari cultural channel QATAR TV and Al Kaas Sport Channel both recently launched their channels on Es’hail‐1.

Es’hailSat is also pushing ahead with plans to expand its satellite fleet. Es’hail‐2, a new high‐ performance satellite with sophisticated anti‐jamming capabilities will be positioned at the 26° East hotspot position for TV broadcasting, significantly adding to the company’s ability to provide high quality, premium DTH television content across the Middle East and North Africa. And discussions are already ongoing with customers and stakeholders to define the requirements for further satellites ‐ Es’hail‐3 and Es’hail‐4.

With a commitment to providing broadcasters with secure and independent satellite transmission, Es’hailSat has commissioned its own teleport. Located at a dedicated and secured site north of Doha, the new facility will provide satellite TT&C and capacity management together with a wide range of teleport services such as uplink, downlink, contribution, multiplexing, encoding, playout and broadcasting. The high‐tech teleport will also provide back‐up studios for TV channels and serve as a disaster recovery facility for broadcasters. The site will be linked with key media broadcasters by a redundant, dedicated fibre optic link.

Ali Al Kuwari, President and Chief Executive Officer of Es’hailSat, said: “We have had tremendous growth since our commercial launch in 2013 with utilization rate of Es’hail‐1 at higher than industry 
average. With our new state of the art teleport nearing completion and Es’hail‐2 scheduled to be launched soon, IBC gives us the right platform to engage with customers and partners, and showcase our capabilities and future plans. We see this exhibition as an important element in our strategy to attract customers who value broadcasting independence and quality of service with focused coverage.”

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