Arabsat to boost HDTV

Having recently launched its BADR-6 satellite from French Guiana, Arabsat has plenty to shout about at this year's GULFCOMMS exhibition.

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By  Administrator Published  September 28, 2008

Having recently launched its BADR-6 satellite from French Guiana, Arabsat has plenty to shout about at this year's GULFCOMMS exhibition.

The new satellite - the third of Arabsat's fourth generation communication satellites - will enable the company to provide customers with high levels of service flexibility and reliability in the MENA region.

Arabsat's latest satellite was put into orbit in July from Europe's spaceport in Kouru, French Guiana, by an Ariane 5-ECA rocket provided by Arianespace. BADR-6 joins the rest of the BADR constellation of Arabsat's direct-to-home satellites, providing capacity for its core direct TV broadcasting customers.

It will provide the required extra capacity to support the growth of High Definition TV (HDTV) in the Arab world, together with a wider set of options for expanding Arabsat's telephony and data transmissions services towards the African continent. Indeed, BADR-6 will cover a stretched zone encompassing the entire Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), plus a large part of sub-Saharan Africa.

Khalid Balkeyour, president and CEO, Arabsat, says: "The [launch of the satellite now] enables us to serve our business customers with the most advanced services and provide our more than 164 million viewers at 26 degrees East with an unrivalled level of in-orbit reliability and back-up over the Arab world and beyond."

At GULFCOMMS, Arabsat will showcase its full range of satellite communications services, which include direct-to-home TV and radio, telephony, internet, high-speed broadband and VSATs. Arabsat owns and operates four satellites at two orbital positions, 26 degrees East and 30.5 degrees East, carrying more than 340 TV channels.

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