Arabsat mulls high-capacity broadband satellite projects

SALALAH, Oct 3 – An outlook of the latest satellite TV broadcasting technologies offered by the 6th generation satellites were showcased during a gathering of broadcasters and satellite agents in Salalah on Tuesday.
The participants also highlighted many broadcasting issues ranging from technologies to advertising and how to manage disruptions of various kinds.
The broadcasters and their representatives expressed their views on the first day of Atheer, the 9th Arabsat Broadcasting Customer Forum, which opened under the auspices of Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour al Hasani, Minister of Information, at Salalah Rotana Resort on Tuesday.
Shaikh Abdullah bin Aqeel al Ibrahim, acting Deputy Governor of Dhofar; Said bin Hamoud al Harthy, Deputy Minister for Ports and Oceanic Affairs and acting Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications; and Salem bin Awad al Najjar, Director-General of Information in Dhofar Governorate, were present on the occasion.
In his comments to the Observer, Dr Al Hasani hailed the gathering as an opportunity to discuss new broadcasting projects following the best of the technologies of the recent times.
He also found it an important forum to address the challenges being faced by the sector.
Khalid A Balkheyour, President and CEO of Arabsat, dwelt upon the journey of Arabsat, which was founded in 1976 by the 21 member states of the Arab League.
“Arabsat is currently studying the feasibility of a high-capacity broadband satellite projects in the Middle East and Africa with new technologies and services to transfer services and coverage from one place to another and by adopting flexible software to allow it on the moon at 44.5 degrees east,” he said.
Al Harthy gave a perspective of Ministry of Transport and Communications and termed Arabsat one of the best service providers in global competitive atmosphere. “It has reached new levels in the wake of changing technologies and I am happy Arabsat is making pace with the best of the available technologies globally.”
Al Najjar of Ministry of Information gave a very positive note to Arabsat for its success in 40 years and services being offered to all sections of the society.
Dr Hafia Abu Ghazaleh, Under-Secretary-General and head of Media and Communication at League of Arab States, complimented Arabsat for its pioneering role in broadcasting in the Arab world.“It makes us proud as Arabsat has been competing with the international players,” she said.

Kaushalendra Singh