Saudi Arabia embarks on digital satellite TV platform

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 06 February 2015

Arabsat and Media Speed are to build and operate a new digital satellite TV platform in Riyadh to carry Saudi channels and develop the private media sector in the Middle East Kingdom.

downloadThe contract award, worth SAR10 million (US$2.66 million), has been authorised by Saudi Arabia's General Commission for Audiovisual Media.

"We are delighted that Arabsat is the first satellite operator involved in building and operating this platform, hoping this to be a real start for building media cities all over the major regions of the Kingdom in the near future, as Saudi Arabia is highly ranked globally, economically, politically and religiously," said Khalid bin Ahmed Balkheyour, president and CEO, Arabsat.

Media Speed's chairman Mofleh Al-Haftah said his company will integrate systems from major international vendors to ensure it meets Arabsat's high standards.

"We hope through carrying out this project in addition to what we are doing now by building the Saudi Media Platform (Shamas) to contribute in building a distinct infrastructure for the satellite channels operating in the Kingdom and creating an attractive environment for investment and new projects in the field of visual media," he added.