Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, exhibited at the 3rd Global SatShow conference and exhibition being held on 9th -10th November at Halic in Istanbul. This is the third year for the Global SatShow event, dedicated to the entire value chain in the satellite industry, as well as space technology, broadcast, ICT and telecommunications sectors. The company showcased Es’hail-1, currently transmitting high quality, premium DTH television content from the 25.5°/26° East neighborhood for leading channels such as Al Jazeera and beIN Sports, and Es’hail-2, the company’s second satellite scheduled for launch soon.
In addition to providing transmission and expansion opportunities for established news and sports channels, a growing number of Arabic and regional channels are choosing Es’hailSat to launch their services in the MENA region. Al Rayyan, Qatar TV and Al Kaas Sport Channel recently launched their channels exclusively on Es’hail-1.
Es’hailSat is also pushing ahead with plans to expand its satellite fleet. Es’hail-2, a new high-performance satellite with sophisticated anti-jamming capabilities will be positioned at the 26° East hotspot position for TV broadcasting, significantly adding to the company’s ability to provide high quality, premium DTH television content across the Middle East and North Africa. And discussions are ongoing with customers and stakeholders to define the requirements for new satellites - Es’hail-3 and Es’hail-4.
With a commitment to providing broadcasters with secure and independent satellite transmission, Es’hailSat is building its own teleport, located at a dedicated and secured site north of Doha. The new facility will provide satellite TT&C and capacity management together with a wide range of teleport services such as uplink, downlink, contribution, multiplexing, encoding, playout and broadcasting. The high-tech teleport will also provide back-up studios for TV channels and serve as a disaster recovery facility for broadcasters.
Ali Al Kuwari, President and Chief Executive Officer of Es’hailSat, said: “We have had tremendous growth since our commercial launch in 2013 with utilization rate of Es’hail-1 at higher than industry average. With our new state of the art teleport nearing completion and Es’hail-2 scheduled to be launched soon, Global SatShow gives us the right platform to engage with customers and partners, and showcase our capabilities and future plans. We see this exhibition as an important element in our strategy to attract customers who value broadcasting independence and quality of service with focused coverage”.