Spearheading space telecommunications
Founded in 1976 by the 21 member-states of the Arab League, Arabsat has been serving the growing needs of the Arab world for over 40 years, operating from its headquarters in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and two satellite control stations in Riyadh and Tunis. Today Arabsat is one of the world’s top satellite operators and by far the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world. It transports over 500 TV channels, 200 radio stations, pay TV networks and a wide variety of HD channels that reach tens of millions of homes in more than 80 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Additionally, it includes an audience of over 170 million viewers in the MENA region alone who are tuned into Arabsat’s video hotspot at 26°E.
Operating a growing ﬂeet of owned satellites at 20°E, 26°E, 30.5°E, and 39°E, Arabsat is the only satellite operator in the MENA region offering the full spectrum of broadcast, telecommunications and broadband services. This capacity will continue to expand with the launch of new satellites, making the Arabsat fleet the youngest in the region.
Arabsat currently employs an elite workforce within the industry as it highly believes in human capital. Working as a team, Arabsat’s management thrives to achieve one goal – the satisfaction of its valued customers under the mission assigned by its shareholders.
The Arabsat Satellite Fleet
Arabsat owns and operates six satellites at three orbital positions, namely, 20°, 26°, 30.5° East: Arabsat-5C (20°E), BADR-4, BADR-5, BADR-6 and BADR-7 (26°E), Arabsat-5A (30.5°E). These state-of-the-art satellites (now the youngest regional fleet over the MENA region) make Arabsat the only satellite operator based in the region offering the full spectrum of broadcast and telecommunications services. These latest technology birds are equipped to provide not only the highest downlink power over the widest coverage area than any other satellite fleet around, but also services in the most recent bands including Ka-band for innovative interactive services, a purely MENA beam, or highly sophisticatedly designed Market-Specific Spot beams (North Western Africa, West Africa, South Africa, East MENA and Central Asia).
Arabsat offers the most secure, reliable and versatile fleet with ‘hot’ in-orbit back-up and guaranteed long-term expansion space capacity.
Acquisitions and Partnerships
Arabsat maintains strategic partnerships with most of the world’s leading satellite companies and VAS integrators, and with the acquisition of Hellas Sat, one of the leading telecom groups in southeastern Europe, Arabsat continues to expand its reach. These new acquisitions and partnerships permit newer orbital slots and frequency rights that will allow customers to reach farther than ever before and deliver content and state-of-the-art solutions to any end-viewer audience or business partner anywhere in the world.
The new HellasSat, HS-4 was launched on February 5, 2019. Designed, assembled and integrated by Lockheed Martin Space, HS-4/SGS-1 will operate from an orbital position of 39°East, with a coverage area that includes Europe, South Africa and the Middle East.
Arabsat endeavoured to fulfill its commitment to its shareholders through capturing additional growth opportunities by launching the 6A Satellite positioned at 30.5E. Manufactured by Lockheed Martin Space, this satellite will support Arabsat’s competitive position and sustain it as the leading satellite operator in the MEA region for satellite capacities and state-of-the-art services. 6A will enter operations by the third quarter of 2019.
Arabsat is also engaging with multiple partners for developing and launching joint satellites and new services from other Arabsat orbital locations.