Qatar’s Es’Hail planning for Sat-3 and Sat-4

Qatar-based satellite operator Es’Hail used IBC to announce that it is pushing ahead with the building of its own Teleport, positioned just North of the capital city of Doha.

The operator is also having discussions with customers and stakeholders to define the requirements for further satellite expansion, including potential Es’hail-3 and Es’hail-4.

Es’Hail 2 is due for launch during next year and will add extra capacity to the company’s existing 26 degrees East orbital slot, and “significantly adding to the company’s ability to provide high quality, premium DTH television content across the Middle East and North Africa”.

The new Teleport will provide satellite telemetry and control 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/CEO of Es’hailSat, said: “We have had tremendous growth since our commercial launch in 2013 with utilisation 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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