Qatar's Es'hailSat readies for 2022 World Cup with second satellite

Rebecca Hawkes | 12-02-2014

Es'hailSat will provide the broadcast and broadband capacity required for Qatar to properly host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 as it prepares to launch its second satellite by the fourth quarter of 2016.

Es'hail 1 will also ensure independence and secure "the broadcasting of premium Qatari content across the Middle East and North Africa," said Qatar's Minster of Communications and Information HE, Dr Hessa al Jaber, speaking at an event to mark the commencement of service of the country's first satellite.

"We have already taken additional steps to strengthen our presence in the space as Es'hail 2 will help in expanding broadcast capacity in the region," she added.

Es'hailSat will open manufacturing tenders for Es'hail 2 in March or April, according to Ali Al-Kuwari, chief executive officer, Es'hailSat.

Greater competition engendered by the additional satellite capacity in the region will mean "users will enjoy more options concerning television channels and cable providers," Dr Hessa is quoted as saying in the Qatar Tribune.

Qatari broadcasters beIN Sports (formerly Al Jazeera Sport), Al-Rayyan, Al-Kass, and Qatar TV are currently using capacity on Es'hail 1, which is co-located with Arabsat at 26 degrees East and operated on behalf of Es'hailSat by Eutelsat.