Satellite operator Eutelsat Communications announced that it will be exhibiting its new broadcast and Internet resources aimed at the users in North Africa and the Middle East at the annual CABSAT exhibition and conference in Dubai.
The Middle East and North Africa are the most vibrant markets for satellite-delivered digital entertainment, enterprise and government services, according to Eutelsat (News - Alert). Satellite is the main tool for delivering bandwidth and coverage that enables channels to optimize their audience, and pay-TV platforms to aggregate content and progressively introduce High-Definition channels.
Eutelsat is bullish about the growth in the region. According to Eutelsat's own audience research, the number of satellite homes in North Africa and the Middle East continues to increase, growing by 7.7 percent per year since 2008, to 48.7 million.
Pyramid Research says pay-TV platforms in the region are likely to experience the world's highest growth rate in the next five years.
Within the satellite TV universe, Eutelsat's video neighborhoods have consolidated their position as the key points of reference in the MENA region, according to company officials.
Eutelsat will be showcasing the capacity of satellites to deliver 3D signals to both Direct-to-Home and to out-of-home venues.
Eutelsat is addressing the market for IP services with a new Ka-band satellite. KA-SAT's 70 Gbps throughput makes it the world's most powerful multi-spotbeam Ka-band satellite. KA-SAT was launched in December 2010, and commercial service will be available in May 2011.
Business services that can be carried through KA-SAT include network interconnection, professional Internet access, back-up services and SCADA applications. KA-SAT is also suitable for professional video solutions such as regional and corporate television and Satellite News Gathering, as well as High Definition broadcasts given the bandwidth available.
Eutelsat and ictQATAR, representing the State of Qatar, are working together to launch EUROBIRD 2A, a high-capacity satellite which will be jointly owned and operated by both the companies. The new satellite will provide expanded coverage and performance across the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
Last year, Horizon Satellite Services, a Dubai-based satellite service provider, signed agreement with Eutelsat Communications to tap into new markets and extend to 15 transponders based on Eutelsat’s W5 satellite.
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Edited by Janice McDuffee