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Qatar's emir issues decree on satellite launch

Technology authority says satellite Eshail will provide television and internet services

Qatar's emir issues decree on satellite launch
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Qatar is ready to execute its satellite project Eshail as the
country joins the United Nations Convention on Registration of Objects launched
into Outer Space.

The Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al
Thani, has issued a decree approving Qatar’s
move to join the 1974 UN Convention.

Satellite Eshail 1 will provide television,
internet, corporate and government services in markets across the Middle East,
North Africa and beyond.

According to the Supreme Council of Information and
Communication Technology,  ictQATAR, the
satellite will provide further Ku-band resources for television broadcasting
and will also mark the start of Ka-band services, opening up new business

The six-tonne satellite will be launched by
Arianespace from its space port in Kourou, French Guyana, on the east coast of
South America. Eshail 1 will share a spacecraft platform with the European
satellite operator Eutelsat.

The satellite project is part of the
$300ml deal signed in 2010 between ictQATAR and

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