Arabsat set to drop SSBC

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Arabsat is reportedly about to cut off South Sudan Broadcasting Corp (SSBC) from carriage on its satellite.

Reports allege that SSBC owes the Saudi Arabia-based satellite operator more than $2 million in fees for its satellite capacity and that SSBC is in “breach of its agreement” with Arabsat.

SSBC is carried on Arabsat’s BADR-4 craft. SSBC is based in Juba, in the breakaway South Sudan which achieved independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011.

The debt from SSBC, a government-backed channel, is reportedly $2.157 million and covers the period from January 2019 and up to January 2020.

Arabsat’s head of finance told Eye Radio: “We are going to cut off the service because we didn’t receive their payment and we didn’t even receive a copy of transfer of money. They also didn’t send any letter to request for a duration such as two or three days,” said Suleiman Elshamri.

SSBC, in its response, says that its own Ministry of Finance is working on the payment.


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