Gulf­sat, Pal­sat re­new TV broad­cast co­op­er­a­tion pact

Agree­ment reaf­firms its vi­tal role in TV broad­cast do­main

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Gulf­sat Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Co (Gulf­sat), a lead­ing spe­cial­ist in pro­vid­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices, TV broad­cast and satel­lite re­broad­cast com­pany, an­nounced the re­newal of the co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment for a two-year term with Pal­sat, a sub­sidiary of the Pales­tinian TV & Ra­dio Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion in charge of the Pales­tinian TV ca­ble chan­nels. This step comes within the frame­work of re­new­ing trust and part­ner­ship be­tween the two sides, which be­gan two years ago. It is also reaf­firms the es­sen­tial role played by Gulf­sat as the third­largest satel­lite op­er­a­tor and the lead­ing spe­cial­ized provider of broad­cast­ing and re-broad­cast­ing ser­vices in the re­gion.

The agree­ment was signed by Pub­lic Author­ity for Ra­dio and Tele­vi­sion Gen­eral Su­per­vi­sor and Pal­sat’s Act­ing Board Chair­man, Ahmed As­saf, and Gulf­sat Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Mo­hammed AlHaj. The cer­e­mony was at­tended by top ex­ec­u­tives from both sides.

New con­fi­dence in Gulf­sat

Af­ter sign­ing the agree­ment, Ahmed As­saf said: “We are de­lighted to an­nounce this re­newed co­op­er­a­tion, which be­gan two years ago Pal­sat, owned by the Gen­eral Author­ity for Ra­dio & TV, and Gulf­sat.” As­saf pointed out that the agree­ment and co­op­er­a­tion re­newal be­tween the two sides serves as a con­fir­ma­tion of the Pales­tinian Na­tional Author­ity in­sti­tu­tions’ con­fi­dence in Gulf­sat and the qual­ity of its ser­vices. This has en­abled Pal­sat to an­nex most of the Pales­tinian satel­lite chan­nels, pro­vide TV ca­ble ser­vices to 11 Pales­tinian chan­nels, in ad­di­tion to a group of ra­dio sta­tions via a uni­form fre­quency for the Pales­tinian bou­quet (Pal­sat). As­saf added that the re­newed agree­ment, de­signed to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion, rep­re­sents a fu­ture out­look and con­ve­nient op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine the lat­est ser­vices of­fered by Gulf­sat. This in­cludes the se­cured com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices that fea­tured an un­prece­dented in­ter­est in the past few years, and can be used be­tween the Pales­tinian Author­ity’s in­sti­tu­tions and em­bassies of the Pales­tine State abroad. Mr. As­saf praised the ad­vanced in­fra­struc­ture owned by Gulf­sat, and the wide broad­cast­ing pack­age ser­vices and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fered across the re­gion and world­wide, which will open great prospects of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two sides in the fu­ture.

Strate­gic part­ner­ship

On his part, Gulf­sat Chair­man and CEO, Mo­hammed Al-Haj said: “The agree­ment re­ferred to, which came into ef­fect two years ago in fa­vor of Pal­sat, aimed to pro­vide a spe­cial­ized bou­quet in all Pales­tinian TV chan­nels, both of the govern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tors.” Al-Haj out­lined some tech­ni­cal and func­tional ad­van­tages re­lated to this pack­age pro­vided by Gulf­sat, in­clud­ing free jam­ming, as well as me­dia con­tent trans­mis­sion over fiberop­tics from Ra­mal­lah to the assem­bly plant (Ag­gre­ga­tion Point) of Gulf­sat, based in Lon­don, then to Ram­bouil­let sta­tion in Paris in or­der to re­broad­cast to the Mid­dle East and North Africa, over an or­bit course of 7 and 8 de­grees neigh­bor­ing to the Nile­sat.

Al-Haj added that the agree­ment re­newal is of great im­por­tance, reaf­firm­ing the strate­gic part­ner­ship that links Gulf­sat to the Pales­tinian Na­tional Author­ity and its af­fil­i­ates in both pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors. It opens a wider range of pos­si­bil­i­ties in pro­vid­ing other par­al­lel ser­vices added to the satel­lite broad­cast and me­dia, in­clud­ing se­cured com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices, while sup­port­ing the com­pany’s op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and en­hanc­ing fu­ture rev­enues at the same time.

Keep­ing abreast of lat­est ser­vices

The sign­ing of the agree­ment rep­re­sented an op­por­tu­nity for Gulf­sat to shed light on its strat­egy, aimed at pro­vid­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices, which en­joy a high level of safety. In this con­text, Gulf­sat Chair­man Mo­hammed Al-Haj pointed out that the se­cured com­mu­ni­ca­tions main­tain great im­por­tance and in­ter­est to the com­pany. He noted that Gulf­sat had al­ready launched ser­vices in this field four years ago, aim­ing to pro­vide the high­est lev­els of pro­tec­tion both for the provider and the viewer in fac­ing de­lib­er­ate ob­fus­ca­tion, ex­plain­ing that such ser­vices have opened the door to sev­eral TV or­ga­ni­za­tions to co­op­er­ate with Gulf­sat and take ad­van­tage of pack­ages with safe ca­pac­i­ties.

Al-Haj added that the com­pany is keen to keep up with the field’s lat­est com­mu­ni­ca­tions and satel­lite broad­cast­ing ser­vices, in line with qual­i­ta­tive devel­op­ments pro­moted in this area. This has re­cently been trans­lated through launch­ing a Cloud Con­tent De­liv­ery Ser­vice for TV broad­cast (CloudBro) based on pro­vid­ing TV broad­cast­ing chan­nel ser­vices re­ly­ing on Gulf­sat’s ad­vanced in­fra­struc­ture, and pro­vided by the Cloud Con­tent De­liv­ery Ser­vice.

With re­gard to the ge­o­graphic trends that the man­age­ment fo­cuses on, Al-Haj ex­plained that Gulf­sat is cur­rently con­cen­trat­ing on pro­mot­ing ser­vices in North Africa and African coun­tries in gen­eral, given the fact that these mar­kets of­fer great op­por­tu­ni­ties of growth with re­gard to TV broad­cast­ing ser­vices. He stressed the im­por­tance of the cen­tral role played by the com­pany, through its five broad­cast sta­tions where the main sta­tion is lo­cated in Umm Al-Haiman (Kuwait), and the oth­ers in Cyprus, Slove­nia and New York, in ad­di­tion to their cen­tre sta­tions in Lon­don, not to men­tion co­op­er­a­tion with more than 37 coun­tries around the world and be­ing the third largest satel­lite op­er­a­tor in the re­gion.

In ad­di­tion to Ahmed As­saf, the meet­ing was at­tended on the Pales­tinian side, by Am­bas­sador Rami Tah­boub, Pal­sat ViceChair­man Mazen Ha­marsheh, Pal­sat Board Mem­ber Mah­moud Salama, Ahmed Al-Sabah, Khaled Sukar and Ahmed Barah­meh. Rep­re­sent­ing Gulf­sat was the Chair­man and CEO Mo­hammed Al-Haj, Com­mer­cial and Sales Di­rec­tor Dr Reyad Dough­las, Alaa AlBanna, Rabih Salim, Sabah Al-Sul­tan and An­toine Bechara.

At the end of the cer­e­mony, the two sides ex­changed com­mem­o­ra­tive plaques to mark the oc­ca­sion.

Group photo af­ter sign­ing the co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment.

SIN­GA­PORE: An ex­hibitor charges the bat­tery cells of AnyWalker, an ul­tra-mo­bile chas­sis ro­bot which able to move in any kind of en­vi­ron­ment dur­ing Sin­ga­pore In­ter­na­tional Robo Expo yes­ter­day. The in­au­gu­ral Sin­ga­pore In­ter­na­tional Robo Expo which runs for 2 days from Novem­ber 1 is poised to be the next re­gional mar­ket­place to dis­cover busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, projects and fund­ing avail­abil­i­ties for adop­tion of robotics so­lu­tion. — AFP

Co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment be­tween Gulf­sat and Pal­sat.

Tro­phy of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from Gulf­sat to Pal­sat.

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