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Es’hailSat pushes ahead with fleet expansion plan

Qatari satellite operator issues RFP for Es’hail 2, second bird planned for 26 degrees East hotspotrn

Es’hailSat has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the design and manufacture of the company’s second satellite, Es’hail 2. The new satellite will be positioned at the 26-degrees-East hotspot for TV broadcasting, which will add to the company’s ability to provide high-quality, premium direct-to-home TV content across the Middle East and North Africa.

Es’hail 2 will have Ku- and Ka-band capabilities and will provide TV distribution and government services to strategic stakeholders and commercial customers. Moreover, Es’hail 2 will provide the first Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) geostationary communication capability that links Brazil to India in one single hop and in real time. It will also allow the AMSAT community to validate and demonstrate its DVB standard.

Es’hail 2 is expected to be launched at the end of 2016.

“With the success of our first satellite – Es’hail 1 – we are delighted to move forward with our satellite procurement programme.  Es’hail 2 demonstrates both our commitment to providing premium satellite capacity for broadcasters in the MENA region and to building a sustainable satellite industry for the State of Qatar,” says Ali Al Kuwari, CEO of Es’hailSat.