A New STC Satellite Hub on ARABSAT

December 17 2014

A New STC Satellite Hub on ARABSAT

As part of Arabsat & STC long term partnership, ARABSAT announced the successful accomplishment of its project with STC-the leader GSM operator in MENA region-to renew and upgrade their satellite hub in Riyadh (Dirab), eventually to support the leading position of STC in the region in providing premium satellite communication & broadband services to both private and governmental sectors.


Khalid BALKHAYOUR, President  & CEO of ARABSAT said “The multi-million dollars renewal allows reliable communications throughout Arabsat Badr-5, the new-state-of-the-art satellite on 26°E, with extensive footprint which facilitate the operations of STC with high throughput links. ARABSAT and STC continue to work very closely to enhance their presence in domestic and international markets.”  


STC has stated that this step comes to keep up with the growing demand for communications services via satellite. Abdul Aziz AlSugair, Chairman of the Board of STC explained “the establishment of the station in partnership with Arabsat, will endorse the depth of experience in both organizations, in the field of developing communications services provided via satellite industry in the Middle East, throughout such huge investments in infrastructure and facilities. We are pretty sure that this partnership is support our capabilities to deliver a cutting-edge and reliable services to our clients,  as will as it will enhance our competences for excellence and innovation”.



Founded in 1976, Arabsat has been serving the growing needs of the Arab world for over 30 years. Now one of the world’s top satellite operators and by far the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world, it carries over 500 TV channels, 160 radio stations, 2 Pay-TV networks and wide variety of HD channels reaching tens of millions of homes in more than 80 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Europe—including an audience of over 170 million viewers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region alone tuned into Arabsat’s video “hotspot” at 26° East.


Operating a growing fleet of owned satellites at the 20° East, 26° East, 30.5° East and 34.5° East, 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 launching of new satellites, making ARABSAT satellites’ fleet the youngest in the region.


Arabsat also maintains strategic partnerships with most of the world's leading satellite companies and VAS integrators and recently acquired Hellas Sat, one of the leading telecom groups in southeastern Europe. These partnerships and acquisitions continue to expand Arabsat's reach with new orbital slots and frequency rights, allowing customers to reach farther than ever and deliver content and state-of-the-art solutions to any end-viewers audience or business partner around the world.


For more information, Please contact Saad Al Tehaif – Director, PR & Media Saadt@arabsat.com  or visit www.arabsat.com