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Newtec to Upgrade MENOS Platform

Since 2008, the Arab States Broadcasting Union’s (ASBU) Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite (MENOS) has allowed broadcasters in the region to exchange multimedia content, including video and audio material, over satellite across several sites scattered across a large geographical area. The platform has continued to gain momentum, with an increasing …

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Iran Space Agency Applies for Five Geostationary Orbital Slots for Ka- and Ku-Band Communications Satellites

The Iran Space Agency (ISA) announced on March 1, 2017, that it had applied to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for five geostationary (GEO) orbital slots for Ka- and Ku-band communications satellites. The announcement was made on the ISA website, and provided no details about when it expects to fill …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Laurent Lemaire and Ali Asghar of elseco – Part 2

Specialising in High-tech Insurance, elseco was established in 2006. Today, elseco is the largest space insurance player in the world with a capacity of more than USD200m (More than twice its closest competitor). The company adopts an intelligent approach to risk management, pioneering market risk analysis and sophisticated ‘made for …

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Arabsat Teams With Globecast to Broadcast TRT World HD

Arabsat, a leading satellite services provider in the Arab world, announced on March 2, 2017, that it has been selected by Globecast, a global media solutions provider, to broadcast TRT World, the international news platform of Turkey, in high definition (HD) over the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Christophe Bauer of L3 Electron Devices

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Torsten Kriening speaks to Christophe Bauer, Vice President Business Development of L3 Electron Devices. They discuss the L3 space business and Middle East market, areas for growth, company innovation and the future of the business.  Tell us about L3’s space business. What …

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Saudi Arabia’s TAQNIA Space, KACST, to Manufacture Arabsat’s 6-D Satellite for In-Flight Connectivity

Taqnia Space, a subsidiary of the Saudi Taqnia Holding for technological investment, and Arab Satellite Communications Organization – Arabsat – signed on March 2, 2017, at the headquarters of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), a new satellite manufacturing agreement for …

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Israel’s Spacecom starts AMOS-7 satellite communications operations at 4°W hot-spot

Israel’s Spacecom announced on February 27, 2017, that the AMOS-7 communications satellite is now providing a wide range of television and data communication services from its 4°W ‘hot-spot’ orbital position. Co-located with AMOS-3, AMOS-7 is replacing the AMOS-2 satellite that is reaching the end of life after servicing customers for …

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UAE’s Nayif-1 transmits its first message from space in Arabic

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, announced that Nayif-1 has transmitted its first message in Arabic from space – a quote by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai: ‘‘The renaissance …

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The #SpaceWatchMe Interviews: Omar Shoter, CEO NOORSAT

NOORSAT is a leading satellite service provider, serving the Arab World. In the latest interview in our series, SpaceWatch Middle East contributing Editor, Helen Jameson speaks to NOORSAT CEO, Omar Shoter about the region, growth opportunities and challenges. NOORSAT is one of the leading satellite operators in the ME region, …

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Arabsat and ONT launch a Tunisian Platform on Badr-4

Arabsat and ONT have announced the signing an agreement to launch a Tunisian broadcast platform on Arabsat Badr-4 at 26°E. This platform operation will start by end of Q2, 2017  and will allow Tunisian and regional broadcasters to have a direct access from Tunis  to the growing 26°E neighbourhood with a coverage …

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