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Arabsat establishes Media Gateway from Cairo

The Arab Satellite Communications Organisation (ARABSAT), and the Egyptian Satellite Company (Nilesat) have signed a strategic partnership agreement

Arabsat establishes Media Gateway from Cairo
Arabsat and Nilesat chiefs shake hands on the new deal.

The Arab Satellite Communications Organisation (ARABSAT), and the Egyptian Satellite Company (Nilesat) have signed a strategic partnership agreement. The agreement will enable Arabsat to establish a new ‘ARABSAT Media Gateway’ (AMG) from Nilesat’s premises in Cairo. The new Media Gateway will enable Arabsat to provide Egypt-based broadcasters with direct access to a comprehensive range of video services such as uplink and turnaround onto Arabsat’s 130 million viewers, full digital platform management, as well as extensive content processing such as playout, store and forward and transcoding.

Both engineer Khalid Ahmed Balkheyour, Arabsat’s president and CEO, and Amin Basyouni, chairman of Nilesat, who inked the deal stated that this agreement is the first step towards more cooperation in the future.

As part of its strategic move towards getting closer to its customers’ locations, this 9th AMG from Arabsat will complement the ones already serving the MENA region from Jordan, Lebanon, Germany, Dubai, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Sharjah and Tunisia.

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