Teleport promotes Qatar's economic position
February 14 2019 10:40 PM
A facility in the satellite control station.
A facility in the satellite control station.

QNA Doha

Qatar Satellite Company Es'hailSat’s satellite control station, the teleport, which was launched on Thursday, promotes Qatar’s economic position and provides independency in communication, Internet, sounds, (especially in crises management) television broadcasting, quality of service and wide geographic coverage.

Es'hailSat CEO Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari said the satellite control station has been equipped with the latest technologies to become a milestone in the company's plan to provide a safe and independent satellite system to meet all the requirements of the customers, taking into account the design that the station is scalable in the future to provide its customers with all the main requirements.

The company currently owns Es'hail -1 and Es'hail - 2, as well as the ability to provide backup studios for television channels and being an emergency broadcasting centre.

Al-Kuwari said the company is currently evaluating various investment opportunities in order to support the sustainability of its economic plan in terms of diversifying the sources of income and achieving its strategic objectives. It is also in the process of submitting the Es'hail - 3 project proposal which will guarantee coverage of the country's needs in broadband communications to support complete independence during the FIFA 2022 World Cup, he said.

The state-of-the-art control station, in the Al Ghuwairiya area, north of Doha, is designed to provide back-up studios for television channels as well as an emergency broadcasting centre where it will connect with the most important media in Qatar through fiber optics to the station.

Es'hailSat currently broadcasts a variety of best television channels such as Al Jazeera News, beIn channels and Qatar Media Corporation channels as Es'hail -1 and Es'hail - 2 are designed with the latest anti-jamming technology.

Qatar Satellite Company was established in 2010 with the aim of owning satellites and operating rights, providing various services to the public and private sectors in the Mena region and achieving self-sufficiency through the development and acquisition of technologies related to satellite development, all whilst providing means, materials and infrastructure to achieve these objectives.

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) president Mohamed Ali al-Mannai said the satellite control station is a major step forward after the launch of the Qatari satellites Es'hail -1 and Es'hail - 2, which will be controlled by the station, in addition to its work on securing terrestrial communications, the internet and other tasks.

In a statement to the press, he said Qatar currently has a large capacity of communication channels through submarine cables, which is sufficient to meet the current and future demand beyond 2022.

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