By Andy Sambidge
News network announces plan to switch from Arabsat to Es'hailSat 1 from January 1
Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera has announced that it will be switching its broadcasting to a new satellite from the beginning of 2015.
Al Jazeera Media Network said in a statement that it will permanently terminate broadcasting via Arabsat satellites Badr-4 and Badr-5 and new channel bundles will be available through satellite Es'hailSat 1.
The media company said that the move to Es'hailSat is part of the network's efforts to provide its viewers in the MENA region with the best coverage with the latest technologies in uninterrupted satellite TV broadcasting.
Al Jazeera channels have in the past seen deliberate jamming in the wake of its coverage of the Arab uprisings.
Ibrahim Nassar, manager of RF & Teleport Engineering at Al Jazeera, said: "Al Jazeera has carefully investigated and considered the intentional jamming of its signal in recent years.
"The jamming is part of an orchestrated and multifaceted campaign to block the network's signal and internet websites from its viewers."
Es'hailSat covers the same geographic area as Arabsat and provides viewers with secure and uninterrupted transmission with more powerful abilities to hold off signal interference attempts, the statement said.