Qatar-based satellite operator, Es’hailSat, last week issued a request for proposal (RFP) to design and manufacture its second satellite, Es’hailSat 2, which will be located at the 26 degrees east orbital slot. Proposals are due by April 30, 2014, with the satellite expected to launch by the end of 2016.
The new satellite will have both Ku- and Ka-band capacity to provide government services and TV broadcasting services to offer DTH content throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Es’hailSat 1 entered service at the end of last year and is a joint venture satellite with Eutelsat operating from 26 degrees East. Ali Ahmed al-Kuwari, CEO of Es’hailSat, said the first satellite is now “fully sold” in Ku-band, with some Ka-band capacity still available.
“With the success of our first satellite Es’hail 1 we are delighted to move forward with our satellite procurement program. 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,” said al-Kuwari.