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Es'hailSat, Qatar Satellite Company and BridgeSat launch satellite broadband services

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Es'hailSat, Qatar Satellite Company and BridgeSat have entered into a strategic partnership to provide businesses and governments across the Middle East with laser-based satellite broadband services.

The news aligns itself with BridgeSat’s goal of providing global organisations with a faster, less expensive and secure alternative to traditional radio frequency (RF) solutions for low earth orbit (LEO) geostationary earth orbit (GEO) applications.

“Our new relationship with Es'hailSat gives us a critical gateway to the MENA region and is a major milestone toward our goal of providing organisations worldwide with fast, secure, enterprise-grade broadband services,” said Barry Matsumori, CEO of BridgeSat. “Like Es’hailSat, we see partnerships with innovative companies worldwide as key for revolutionising satellite communications.”

Under the terms of the partnership, BridgeSat will build its first optical ground stations (OGS) for the Middle East that will be collocated at Es’hailSat’s new satellite operations centre in Doha, Qatar. The new OGS will support LEO and other satellite systems owned by Es'hailSat and other companies that are equipped with BridgeSat and other compatible space terminals.

”Es’hail-1 and Es’hail-2 satellites are fully operational, and we recently commenced satellite control and other satellite services from our state-of-the-art teleport in Doha,” said Ali Al Kuwari, president & CEO of Es’hailSat. “Collaboration with BridgeSat is a step forward for us in expanding the type of services we provide to customers in the region, beyond the traditional satellite services.”

BridgeSat owns and operates a network of OGS and satellite terminals that offer high-bandwidth, high-security solutions for unique applications while complementing RF in hybrid networks. While Es’hailSat owns and operates a growing number of Ka- and Ku-band satellites serving broadcasters, businesses and governments in the MENA region and beyond.

In related news, Saudi Arabia launched its first communications satellite (SGS1) from the French Guiana Space Centre. According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) the satellite was launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket, belonging to ArianeGroup.