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Yahsat mulling 2 new satellites

The UAE government has instructed Abu Dhabi-based Yahsat to study market demand and to assess the need for two new satellites which could launch in 2026. The UAE, via Al Yah (Yahsat) already operates Al Yah 1 and Al Yah 2 and the potential of two new craft Al Yah 4 and Al Yah 5. […]

October 7, 2021By Chris Forrester

Forecast: AME telcos to add 7.5m 5G subs in 2021

The total number of 5G subscribers in Africa and the Middle East (AME) will reach 10.4 million by 2021, with the majority of 5G networks being in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Israel, and South Africa, forecasts GlobalData. According to the data and analytics company, 7.58 million 5G subscribers will be added in 2021, […]

October 1, 2021

Yahsat selects SpaceX for Thuraya launch

Abu Dhabi-based Yahsat used the Satellite 2021 show in Washington DC to announce that they have selected SpaceX to launch its upcoming mobile connectivity and broadband Thuraya 4-NGS satellite. The satellite will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the second half of 2023. The craft is being built by Airbus. Yahsat says […]

September 10, 2021By Chris Forrester

STARZPLAY to stream AFC matches in UAE

Abu Dhabi Media, the UAE’s public service broadcaster and media company, has announced the signing of an agreement with STARZPLAY, the MENA region SVoD service, to stream AFC tournaments of the national teams and clubs competitions. The broadcast rights in the UAE belong exclusively to Abu Dhabi Media, from 2021 to 2024. Beginning September, the […]

August 31, 2021

Fremantle promotes Us

Fremantle International has announced the promotion of Amac Us to SVP Distribution and Sales, Middle East, Africa and South Eastern Europe. Since joining Fremantle in 2015, Us has continued to be integral to the company’s finished tape business. Based in Dubai, UAE, the promotion will see the executive now expand his remit to both scripted […]

August 23, 2021

STARZPLAY Arabia establishes HQ in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) is partnering with the SVoD service, STARZPLAY, to establish the company’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The partnership is part of ADIO’s AED 2 billion (€457m) Innovation Programme, an initiative of the Abu Dhabi government’s Ghadan 21 accelerator programme. Establishing its headquarters in Abu Dhabi with ADIO’s support will enable […]

June 24, 2021

Abu Dhabi bans satellite dishes again

Abu Dhabi’s city authorities are again cracking down on what they describe as “illegal” satellite dishes. The ruling is designed to improve the city’s visual aesthetics. Local reports say that a building to allowed have a maximum of 4 dishes and these must then distribute their signals to all residents of a apartment block. Dishes […]

May 10, 2021By Chris Forrester

Dubai aims to double number of “creatives”

Dubai, the fast-growing Emirate in the Arabian Gulf, is looking to double the number of media and creative workers over the next five years. The news emerged in the Emirate’s Dubai Creative Economic Strategy document. According to data from the document, there are already around 70,000 staff working in the Emirate within creative companies. Dubai […]

April 7, 2021By Chris Forrester

Research: Arab countries form top 5 VPN adopters

According to data from the Atlas VPN research team, VPN (Virtual Private Network) downloads reached 134 million in 2020 H1, taking 85 selected countries into account. VPN is best described as a service that hides the user’s real IP address and encrypts their online traffic. As a result, these changes prevent third parties such as […]

October 28, 2020