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Arabsat confirms failure of BADR-6 satellite

As a result of the failure, services have been moved to other Badr satellites at 26°E.

Satellite operator Arabsat has confirmed its BADR-6 satellite suffered a complete outage on February 6.

Technicians at Arabsat attempted but failed to restart operations on the satellite, which services the Middle East and North Africa, but can also be received across southern Europe.

In a statement, Arabsat said: “Arabsat experts and its engineering team immediately engaged with customers and smoothly implemented a restoration plan to bring DTH services back successfully. With state-of-the-art technology and backup solutions, Arabsat always assures service reliability to the end users with high standards. we express regret for the disruption of our customers and viewers experience.”

Launched in 2008, BADR-6 served the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The satellite was built by (the then) EADS Astrium and Alcatel Space with 24-C-band and 16 Ku-band transponders. Amongst other channels, it carried CNN’s International service.