Qatar signs deal to launch satellite
Qatar and Eutelsat plan to launch broadcast and communications satellite in 2012
ICT Qatar, the information and communications department of the Qatari government, has signed a deal with French satellite company Eutelsat to launch and operate a satellite to provide broadcast, enterprise communications and government services across the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
The new satellite, which is due to be launched in 2012, will provide additional coverage across the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia to follow-on from Eutelsat’s Eurobird 2 satellite, which is currently operated at 25.5° East.
The satellite-TV market will be one target area for the venture, with more than 13 million homes in the satellite’s coverage area already equipped for direct-to-home reception.
The deal was signed by Dr Hessa Al Jaber, secretary general of ICT Qatar and Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, in Doha on Tuesday.