Arabsat, Taqnia Space tie-up for broadcast, comms growth

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 23 February 2015

Arabsat has unveiled its payload coverage plans, including collaboration with Saudi Arabian investment company Taqnia Space to develop broadcasting services for Hellas-Sat 4 (HS-4) and Arabsat 6A.

TOP 2084Speaking at the Arabsat 7th Telecom Forum in Al-Jadidah, Morocco, the Saudi-based organisation's president and CEO, Khalid Balkheyour, said that future services would be promoted in Europe and South Africa, as well as the Middle East and North Africa.

"We are currently working on the design of our new satellite fleet Arabsat 6A at 30.5° East and HS-4 in partnership with Taqnia Space on Hellas-Sat orbital position to develop broadcasting and telecommunications services and enhancing the possibility of utilising these orbital positions to promote and develop the services offered by Arabsat to its customers not only in the European continent, but in the Middle East, MENA, South Africa and beyond," said Arabsat's Khalid Balkheyour.

In February 2013, Arabsat completed the €208 million acquisition of 99.05% of the Greek satellite operator Hellas-Sat from the debt ridden Hellenic Telecommunication Organisation. Hellas-Sat has the exclusive use of the orbital position of 39° East and all associated radio frequencies from Greece and the Republic of Cyprus, providing satellite coverage of Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.

Mueid Al-Zahrani, CTO, Arabsat, added: "Active participation of Taqnia Space, Cetel, MICT, Level 421, SNL, etc, have added more colours to the forum by presenting their network solutions on Arabsat fleet and coming Ka-Band solution on board Hellas-Sat-4 that will eventually create new business streams in GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council countries] and beyond".

Arabsat's latest forum was attended by 115 telecommunications and broadband service professionals in addition to Arabsat customers, the satellite operator said in a statement