Advanced Television


Nilesat, Saudis talk deepening cooperation

This week SpaceX will launch Nilesat 301, Egypt’s latest addition to its long-established satellite fleet. But Cairo-based Nilesat has a few domestic problems of its own to address, and as a result is talking to fellow MENA states about deepening cooperation in space and TV broadcasting. Ahmed Anis, Chairman of the Egyptian Satellite Company, announced […]

June 6, 2022

Arabsat signs Rotana contract

Alhamedi Alanezi, Arabsat’s new CEO, helping to represent the satellite operator at CabSat in Dubai, has signed a 14 channel exclusive renewal contract with media network Rotana. Alanezi signed the agreement which, as well as the exclusive HD channels, also covers eight others in Standard Definition. The new agreement is for three years and sees […]

May 23, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceBridge wins major Hellas Sat order

SpaceBridge is to supply two VSAT platforms on end-to-end contracts to ArabSat-owned HellasSat. SpaceBridge says it will provide its fully-encrypted sat-comms hybrid platform including two Teleports to serve HellasSat clients. “We selected SpaceBridge to expand an existing network we have deployed since 2018, making efficient use of the advanced capabilities of our satellites, Hellas Sat […]

May 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

Quebec invests in Starlink

Today (May 18th), a Falcon 9 rocket will launch another 53 of Elon Musk’s Starlink broadband satellites into their transfer orbit. The launch comes alongside news that Quebec’s government, in addition to having already invested in Telesat’s proposed Lightspeed satellite constellation, is also putting cash into Starlink. The move reflects Quebec’s intention to offer a […]

May 18, 2022By Chris Forrester

Arabsat orders giant satellite

Arabsat is ordering a new satellite, Arabsat-7A,that will add considerable sophistication to its fleet. The Saudi Arabia-based operator has signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space to build a fully ‘software defined’ ‘Space Inspire’ geostationary satellite and beam its signals over the Middle East, Africa and much of Europe. Arabsat-7A will replace the bulk of […]

May 3, 2022By Chris Forrester

Arabsat extends Euronews capacity contract

Euronews is extending its contract with Arabsat. Arabsat will provide transmission broadcasts on its BADR-4 satellite (also known as Arabsat 4B). “We are delighted with our long partnership with Euronews, one of the most viewed news channels in Europe and look forward to continue to offer their uniquely rich and varied news on Arabsat BADR-4,” […]

April 26, 2022By Chris Forrester

XtndNet launches UK network

Arabsat, Developing Infrastructure, and Forsway have announced the formation of XtndNet, a new broadband ISP targeting under-connected customers. XtndNet offers a hybrid service, combining ADSL, mobile Internet, and satellite connection — the XtndNet 12 Gigabit Space Superhighway — to deliver an affordable and reliable broadband connection. The service is available now in the UK and […]

March 17, 2022

Intersputnik joins the GSOA

The Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications has gained full membership of the Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA), a platform to promote satellite communication services and the common interests of satellite operators. The Association, formerly known as ESOA (EMEA Satellite Operators Association) used to focus on Europe, the Middle East and Africa. However, January 2022 […]

February 15, 2022

TiVi5MONDE launches on Arabsat

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, and Arabsat, the satellite services provider in the Arab world, have announced that TiVi5MONDE has chosen the longstanding partnership to launch the FTA DTH channel in SD and HD across the MENA region. TiVi5MONDE, owned by French network TV5MONDE, is a 24/7 French language children’s network, featuring cartoons, […]

February 9, 2022

Arabsat wins upgrade of CGTN to HD

China Global TV Network’s Arabic-language service on Arabsat is upgrading to an HD service. Organised and carried in collaboration with Globecast the new CGTN-Arabic HD channel is being carried by Arabsat’s Badr-6 satellite and its coverage extends throughout the MENA region. “This recent upgrade to HD also contributes to the greater enjoyment of the channel’s […]

January 27, 2022By Chris Forrester