Arabsat urges building media cities

Arabsat's agreement with the Telecommunications Ministry of Lebanon to upgrade the Jawrat Al-Ballout station’s capacity will enable the station to cope with new bouquets and future extensions in satellite TV broadcasting.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  May 4, 2006

Arabsat has signed an agreement with the Telecommunications Ministry of Lebanon to upgrade the Jawrat Al-Ballout station’s capacity. The upgrade will enable the station to cope with new bouquets and future extensions in satellite TV broadcasting that are expected to take place in the region. The deal was signed by Engineer Abdul-Monem Yousef, director general of investment and maintenance in the Ministry of Telecommunications, Lebanon and Arabsat’s Eng. Tarek bin Ahmad Balkheyour. Eng. Abdul-Monem Yousef welcomed the cooperation with Arabsat saying: “We yearn to boost our relations with regional and internationally specialised organisations, Arabsat in particular, to provide a real value in the field of telecommunications and media in the Middle East region.” Eng. Tarek bin Ahmad Balkheyour, VP for marketing and sales at Arabsat said that the two parties discussed the possibility of establishing a media city in Beirut following the pattern of other media cities in the region. The suggestion was made in view of Beirut’s experience in media and its modern technical expertise in satellite broadcasting. “Arabsat is willing to provide all capabilities to participate and contribute in the establishment of this city and to benefit from the Lebanese expertise in this field,” Balkheyour says. Arabsat has signed similar agreements with other countries in the Middle-East and North Africa region including Algeria, Morocco, Kuwait, Bahrain, Dubai and Jordan.

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