Qatari satellite company Es’hailSat has partnered with Arabsat to broadcast TV on the 26 degrees East hot spot.
Under the terms of the deal, Es’hailSat will buy the rights to 500MHz of Ku-band bandwidth at 26.0 East, which its second satellite Es’hail 2 will use to provide DTH and other telecoms services.
The firm said this will significantly increase Es’hailSat’s capacity at the 25.5 / 26.0 East TV broadcasting hot-spot and will strengthen its in-orbit back-up capability when both Es’hail 1 and Es’hail 2 are operational.
The tie-up with Arabsat will also pave the way for “enhanced operational flexibility and mutual in-orbit back-up between the two satellite fleets,” said Es’hailSat.
The move comes ahead of the launch of Es’hailSat’s first satellite Es’hail 1 later this month with plans to follow this with a second satellite Es’hail 2 now also confirmed. Es’hailSat CEO, Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari, said this will allow its customers “to substantially increase their communications capability, particularly in broadcasting in HD and 3D”.
Arabsat president and CEO Khalid Balkheyour added: “We are very pleased with this strategic long-term partnership with Es’hailSat which will strengthen Arabsat hot spot 26 degrees east and will provide a strong boost for Es’hailSat. This partnership will provide our customers and viewers with more alternatives and variety of contents that will be beneficial for both operators and will make 26 degrees East the premium hot spot of the region.“