British infrastructure and media services company, Arqiva, has announced its support for Qatari satellite company, Es’hailSat, to distribute Al Jazeera Media Network channels to the Middle East. Arqiva will transmit via two of the Es’hailSat transponders available to the Qatari broadcaster.
The first Es’hailSat transponder for Al Jazeera was launched in December 2013, with the second due in the second quarter of this year. “Our first broadcast of Al Jazeera’s premium channels across the Middle East and North Africa marked the entry into service of Es’hail 1 and a major milestone for Es’hailSat,” said Ali Al Kuwari, CEO at Es’hailSat.
Barrie Woolston, commercial director of satellite & media at Arqiva, said the deal with Es’hailSat marks a significant step in Arqiva’s international expansion. “It’s a strategically important market for Arqiva and we will be looking to deepen our presence there over the next 18 months. This cooperation with Es’hailSat reinforces our commitment to the region” he said.