Es’Hail, a new high-powered communications satellite, will increase broadband capacity and capabilities for the region. Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, has selected Arianespace to launch their first satellite Es’hail 1 in the second quarter of 2013 on board an Ariane 5 launcher.
The high-capacity satellite will bring Qatar and the surrounding Middle East and North African region enhanced availability and quality of communications services. This means more TV channel choices and cable provider options in Qatar, and improved military surveillance and radio communications for the country’s armed forces.
ictQATAR and Eutelsat Communications had signed a strategic partnership agreement to invest in and operate a new high-capacity satellite at Eutelsat's 25.5° East location, one of the two longstanding and anchored neighbourhoods serving fast-growing markets in the Middle East and North Africa regions.
This investment will help ensure Qatar’s commitment to meeting the sophisticated broadband needs required to host FIFA’s World Cup in 2022. Furthermore, the television market will especially benefit from the installed base of more than 13 million satellite homes already equipped for Direct-to-Home reception from this region.