Noorsat, which rents capacity and resells it over the Middle East, is looking to buy its own satellite. Noorsat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s giant Mawarid Group, and by and large leases capacity from Eutelsat. Omar Shoter, CEO at Noorsat, has reportedly said the company is investigating the possibility of launching its own satellite.
Noorsat has two major orbiting positions over the Mid-East, shadowing the Nilesat and Arabsat ‘ hot spots’.
Shoter says owning its own craft would help it cement its “strong position” in the Arab world, although he recognised that there is a risk of satellite over-capacity in the region damaging the current buoyant position of DTH demand in the region.