Al Jazeera to switch from Arabsat to Es'hailSat

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 23 December 2014

Al Jazeera is switching satellite platforms in the Middle East from Arabsat's Badr-4 and Badr-5 to Qatar's first satellite Es'hailSat on 1 January 2015.

Es'hailSat , which is jointly owned by Qatar Satellite Company and Eutelsat, covers the same geographic area as Arabsat, however Al Jazeera says it will provide 'more powerful abilities to hold off signal interference attempts – which the Doha-based news broadcaster has been victim of in the past.

"Al Jazeera has carefully investigated and considered the intentional jamming of its signal in recent years. The jamming is part of an orchestrated and multifaceted campaign to block the network's signal and internet websites from its viewers," said Ibrahim Nassar, manager of RF & Teleport Engineering at Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Mubasher, Al Jazeera Mubhaser-Misr, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, and Al Jazeera America are all affected by the switch from Arabsat.

To watch these Al Jazeera channels via Es'hailSat does not require any adjustment to the location of viewers' satellite dish, however the receiver must be set to Es'hailSat 1 with Txp Frequency: 11604; Polarization: Horizontal; FEC: 3/4; Symbol Rate: 27500.

Nilesat viewers can still watch Al Jazeera channels in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Yemen, Sudan and Djibouti via Nilesat (EAST) 11636 V, FEC: 3/4 and Symbol Rate 27500; and in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritania via Nilesat (WEST) 10992 V, FEC: 3/4 and Symbol Rate 27500.