PCCW Global, Nilesat sign Egyptian GTVN deal

03 July 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


PCCW Global has signed a memorandum of intention with Nilesat, a leading satellite operator in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, to deliver TV channels into and out of Egypt.

As part of its collaboration with Nilesat, PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, will be installing its unique Global TV Network (GTVN) solution in Nilesat facilities to ensure dynamic TV and media content are delivered cost-effectively and reliably, providing better end-user viewing experience.

“We are excited by this initiative which will allow us to explore mutually beneficial business opportunities between ourselves and Nilesat. Nilesat has strong presence in video distribution leveraging many TV channels across the MENA region,” said Sameh Sobhy, vice president of MENA of PCCW Global.

“And now, Nilesat will be able to expand its coverage into other parts of Africa and Middle East via PCCW Global’s specialised TV network reach. PCCW Global will also be able to utilise the Nilesat satellite fleet to deliver Asian TV channels into the Middle East region.”

The partnership will leverage Nilesat’s satellite and teleport services alongside PCCW Global’s telecommunications and media expertise to ensure optimal GTVN delivery between Egypt and the rest of the world. It will also enhance Nilesat’s connectivity with broadcasters across the globe, covering more than 90 countries via PCCW Global’s extensive satellite network.

Hamdy Monir, chief technical officer of Nilesat, added: “As we increase our collaboration with PCCW Global, we are excited by the opportunities created to deliver new international TV channels to the MENA region, as well as extending our own reach beyond region. Regional users will also benefit from the availability of a variety of accelerated and diversified media formats.”