Arabsat, the communications satellite operator in Saudi Arabia, has sealed the pact with the Office National de la Telediffusion Tunisien (ONT) to introduce a Tunisian broadcast platform on Arabsat Badr-4 at 26 degrees East.

Tunisian and regional broadcasters will have direct access from Tunis to the satellite’s geographic footprint over the Middle East, North Africa (MENA).

Khalid Balkheyour, CEO, Arabsat, said: “This platform is the result of the long-term cooperation between Arabsat and the ONT which had started several years ago. It will enhance our relationship with Tunisia where Arabsat is already present through our satellite control station, as well as the HQ of our strategic partner ASBU”.

Dhaker Baccouch, the CEO of ONT, commented: “Expanding our cooperation with Arabsat will enable us to meet our customers’ needs and position ONT as a true one stop shop. We believe the 26° East neighbourhood will continue its growth through the addition of exclusive TV channels respecting the traditions of the region”.

Rohde and Schwartz was opted for the installation and authorization of the platform with the latest technical specifications.