Middle East & Africa

Malabo Harbor, Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. Photo: Flickr, Wapster.

Speedcast to Support Oil & Gas Operator in Equatorial Guinea

Speedcast International announced that the company has been selected to provide Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) Ka-band managed communications services to a production asset owned and operated by a major U.S.-based operator in Equatorial Guinea on Bioko Island, off the coast of West Africa. Speedcast will leverage Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) connectivity to deliver communications […]

By | October 13, 2017

Fahad Kahoor, Thuraya director of market development and Mohammad Al-Haj, Gulfsat chairman and CEO, during the signing of the agreement at OPV Middle East. Photo: Thuraya.

Gulfsat Partners with Thuraya to Expand Services to Kuwait

Thuraya Telecommunications announced it has signed a partnership with satellite communications company Gulfsat at the ongoing Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) event in Kuwait. According to Gulfsat, the strategic alliance will enable it to launch data services in Kuwait and also allows both companies to increase both their distribution channels among government, maritime, media and enterprise sectors in […]

By | October 10, 2017

Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: Wikimedia.

Pakistan to Launch First Remote Sensing Satellite in 2018

Pakistan has publicly announced its plans to launch the country’s first ever optical remote sensing satellite, PRSS 1. On Oct. 5, the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) stated the satellite will fly into orbit sometime next year. Pakistan recently lofted its own communications satellite, Paksat 1 R, which is currently providing communication […]

By | October 6, 2017

Photo: GITEX.

Yahsat Sponsors Competition to Promote STEM Innovation

Satellite operator Yahsat is sponsoring the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) Student Lab Competition, an initiative by the GITEX Technology Week to recognize and promote innovation and creativity among students in the fields of communications technology, engineering, science and computing. The competition gives the opportunity to current students and graduates to present solutions such as […]

By | October 4, 2017

Khurais oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Planet.

Ursa Now Monitors Oil Inventory in MENA

Ursa Space Systems has announced the release of its Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Oil Storage Report. Following China and the Caribbean, MENA is the third region in Ursa’s expansion to global coverage of oil storage inventories, providing a new dataset to a product line that is already in use by traders. Ursa’s MENA report covers more […]

By | September 29, 2017

Amirzai_Zangin, former minister of Communications and Information Technology, at a 2011 ISAF communications and technology conference in Kabul.

Demand, Challenges and Satellite in Afghanistan – From Our Archives

President Trump announced this week that additional American troops will join the more than 8,000 already stationed in Afghanistan, further extending the longest war in U.S. history at nearly 16 years. During that time, Afghanistan has worked to modernize its use of satellites for telecommunications and other services. In this interview with Amirzai Sangin, Afghanistan’s […]

By | August 24, 2017

A KSAT antenna in Dubai, UAE. Photo: KSAT.

BS Broadcast to Capitalize on Used Equipment in Middle East

Backed by Broadcast Systems Arabia, BS Broadcast is establishing its business for buying and selling quality-tested used broadcast and satellite equipment in the Middle East, according to the company. Based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to facilitate shipment across the globe, BS Broadcast stated it is keen to engage with TV and radio stations, […]

By | August 16, 2017

Street in downtown Baghdad, Iraq. Photo: Wikimedia.

Speedcast Receives VSAT License to Operate in Iraq

Speedcast International has received a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) license to operate in Iraq through its locally licensed entity. This has prompted the completion of a new systems integration project providing managed network services for an international oilfield services group in the country. The VSAT license is a new requirement as of January for […]

By | August 15, 2017

The Hellas-Sat-4 communications satellite after spacecraft integration in a Lockheed Martin clean room near Denver. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

First Modernized A2100 Satellite Prepared for Final Assembly and Testing

A team of engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin has completed the integration of the company’s first modernized A2100 satellite, known as Hellas Sa-4/SaudiGeoSat 1. The satellite now moves into final assembly and testing, on track for launch in the second quarter of 2018. Built for Arabsat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology […]

By | August 11, 2017

A Supernet antenna. Photo: Supernet.

Comtech Lowers Backhaul Expenses for Supernet MNO Customers

In conjunction with its Pakistan partner, Supernet, Comtech Telecommunications has migrated a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) customer to new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity over Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) while leveraging existing infrastructure equipment. Earlier this year, Supernet and its MNO client, upon executing the migration plan, realized a marked decrease in backhaul expenses, […]

By | August 7, 2017

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