SamaCom signs transponder deal with Nilesat
SamaCom, a subsidiary of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone and the region’s leading satellite services provider, Wednesday announced the signing of a transponder deal with Nilesat to launch a new Direct to Home (DTH) platform.
Under the deal, SamaCom and Nilesat will co-operate in marketing a new DTH platform using transponder capacity on Nilesat 102 satellite.
The new platform will bring several cost and quality benefits to broadcasters in Dubai Media City (DMC). SamaCom’s new platform will now give them the ability to directly uplink to Nilesat 102 from Dubai thereby considerably enhancing broadcast quality and reducing satellite space costs for delivering their signals to the Nilesat platform in Cairo.
This platform will also allow broadcasters from Europe, America and Asia to have their content turned around from other satellites to SamaCom's Nilesat platform.
The new platform complements SamaCom’s portfolio of DTH platforms for Arabsat 2D, Asiasat 2, Asiasat 3S, Hotbird and Atlantic Bird satellites.
“We are very happy to establish a strong partnership with Nilesat,” said Ahmad Bin Byat, Director General of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone. “The new agreement with Nilesat gives us an excellent opportunity to reinforce our commitment to serve broadcasters targeting the Middle East,” he added.
“SamaCom’s focus is on delivering value to its customers and this agreement will help us advance that objective,” said Yatinder Mahajan, Director of SamaCom. “This partnership will also help us consolidate our customer base and move forward aggressively with our expansion strategy,” he added.
“We are glad to enter into a partnership with Samacom to launch this new DTH platform,” said Mr Amin Bassiouny CEO of Nilesat. “As a satellite operator our focus is on providing added value for broadcasters and this new deal will help us enhance our value proposition for broadcasters in the Middle East.” he added.
SamaCom currently broadcasts over 79 television channels from its two teleports in Dubai. Its customer base includes over 25 broadcasters and it provides uplinks to over 20 satellites.
In addition to the satellite services SamaCom also provides terrestrial TV and radio broadcasting services to Dubai Media Inc. (DMI) from its facilities in Dubai and Northern Emirates. (menareport.com)
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