Es’hailSat moves forward with plan for second satellite

Qatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has issued a request for proposals for a second satellite.

The Es’Hail 2 satellite will be placed in orbit at the regional hotspot at 26° East.

Es’hailSat said the new satellite will significantly add to its capacity to deliver premium DTH services across the Middle East and North Africa.

Es’hail 2 will have Ku-band and Ka-band capabilities. Propospals to build and launch the satellite are due by the end of April, with the satellite expected to be launched towards the end of 2016.

Es’hail 1 entered service at the end of last year. Customers include Al Jazeera and beIN Sport.

“With the success of our first satellite – Es’hail 1 – we are delighted to move forward with our satellite procurement program.  Es’hail 2 demonstrates both our commitment to providing premium satellite capacity for broadcasters in the MENA region and to building a sustainable satellite industry for the State of Qatar,” said Es’hailSat CEO Ali Al Kuwari.

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