Doha centre set to manage TV signals from Qatar's first satellite

Rebecca Hawkes | 03-09-2013

A Capacity Management Centre has been unveiled by Qatar Satellite Company (Es'hailSat) to manage access to the Gulf state's first communications satellite, Es'hail 1, which was successfully launched by Arianespace on 29 August.

The centre, based in Doha, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to deliver high quality, optimised broadcast services to customers, mitigating interference and protecting signals, according to the Qatar News Agency.
Es'hail 1, named after a star, will be able to broadcast over 30 high definition (HD) and 70 standard definition (SD) television channels, as well as providing business services, data and voice streams across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.
The satellite launch in French Guiana was attended by Dr Hessa Al Jaber, Qatar's Minister of Information and Communication Technology; the executive officer of Es'hailSat, Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari; the chief executive officer of Qatar Foundation for Media, Mubarak bin Jaham Al Kuwari; director of Qatar TV, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Thani Al Thani; and Qatar's Ambassador to France, Mohamed Jaham Al Kuwari.
Representatives from the Qatar Armed Forces, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Es'hailSat, Qatar News Agency, Qatar TV, Al Jazeera, and Al Rayyan TV also attended the launch.
The six tonne Qatari satellite has been built, launched and will be operated in partnership with the global satellite provider Eutelsat. It is based on the SSL 1300 platform, and secures Ku-band continuity, additional Ku-band resources and will initiate a Ka-band.
Services are expected to commence in December 2013, with channels including Qatar TV, Al Jazeera, Al Rayyan TV and Al Kass sports channel.