ArabSat to Deliver Internet Via Satellite to East Arabia and Afghanistan

9 Jun, 2010

Hesham Khalipha Senior Marekting Manager For The Arab Satellite Communications Organization (ArabSat) one of the leading communications satellite operator in the Arab World, said today during ArabAdvisors’s Arab 7th Media and Telecom Convergence Conference  that ArabSat is launching new Satellite Internet service in quarter one of next year.

Arabsat coverage design utilizes Ka-band technology will cover the Arab peninsula, Levant and Afghanestan in face of this project, Hesham said they will have 3 gatways to cover several spots most propably in Amman, Jordan, serving Levant, Damam and Judha in Suadi Arabia.

When asked during his presentation at the conference why ArabSat want to cover Afghanistan, Hisham said there are many Arabs there that we want to serve.

ArabSat new service will offer 512Kbp and 8 MP connection speed, which is not a great speed in today’s connected world. Hisham told ArabCurnch “Since this is a product directed to consumers; the limit is not in the satellite design, we can provide mentioned speeds ( up to 100 Mps), however, existing satellite modems from equipments  manufacturers currently supports only maximum of 10Mb. With the promise of this increasing to 25 in the coming two years.”

According to him the service is geared towards 2-4% of the population in mobile ruler areas that are under served by traditional operators, as it is not feasible for them to reach.

To use the service end user need a small satellite terminal constituted of 60cm dish with transceiver and a satellite modem. The dish will have an audi mechanism to self install it and point it to the satellite.

As for pricing Hisham said that The service level agreement (SLAs) offering will be similar or very close to the existing prices in the covered local markets covered by the service.

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