Du and Intelsat to offer MCPC service to Middle East broadcasters
Multi channel per carrier (MCPC) services will be provided for the first time to broadcasters in the Gulf thanks to a new turnkey partnership between Intelsat and UAE telecommunications operator du.
A new IntelsatONE MCPC platform, hosted by Du in Dubai, will offer TV channels in the Arab world, Europe, the US and Asia the ability to reach viewers across the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific by utilising the Intelsat 10 satellite located at 68.5 degrees East.
The platform's MPEG-4 and DVB-2 technology will help customers optimise bandwidth.
"This agreement will broaden our services portfolio, allowing us to offer a new platform to our clients while penetrating new markets. In addition, it will quickly and efficiently take our media customers to the global stage," said Mohamed Al Shahi, senior director broadcasting, Du.
"The new Intelsat 10 MCPC platform is an ideal solution for programmers in the Middle East who seek to deliver their content to millions of viewers across three vast regions."
Du's teleport facility, located near Dubai Media City, currently serves 221 TV channels on various platforms. It will now offer MCPC services such as encoding, encryption, multiplexing, uplinking and space segment. Channels can be backhauled to the teleport for insertion into the MCPC platform by either fibre or satellite.
"This new MCPC platform strengthens our presence in the Middle East and improves our service capabilities, allowing television programmers in the region to expand their reach across multiple continents," said Kurt Riegelman, senior vice president of global sales, Intelsat.
"This collaboration will greatly improve the accessibility of our satellites and IntelsatONE ground infrastructure in this region, thereby supporting the strong demand for television programming originating in the Middle East."