ONT is targeting the students by launching its first educational satellite TV channel “Wataniya Educational” over Arabsat’s satellite

June 14 2021

ONT is targeting the students by launching its first educational satellite TV channel “Wataniya Educational” over Arabsat’s satellite

New promise for the viewers in North Africa, Tunisia, and for school pupils, who can now enjoy following their education classes from home on television and not miss any lessons for the current and future school years at all school levels. They can also review educational curricula and programs at any time by watching the programs of the first Tunisian educational channel “Wataniya Educational”.

The National Radio and Television Broadcaster (ONT) has signed a long-term agreement with the Arabs Satellite Communication Organization (Arabsat) to launch their first educational channel over the satellite Arabsat Badr-4, which covers the Middle East, North Africa and most Western European countries and offers a high power to be easily received throughout Tunisia and the across region, using dishes with smaller sizes .

This agreement comes within the framework of the growing strategic partnership between the ONT and Arabsat. It is designed to provide a unique and high-quality viewing experience, in a unified satellite TV bouquet of national Tunisian channels, and to facilitate its distribution and access to Tunisian and Arab viewer wherever he/she is under the unparalleled coverage of Arabsat Badr-4. 

On April 1, 2021, the pilot broadcast of the channel took place, joining its sister national Tunisian channels broadcasting on the same bouquet.

Frequency of Wataniya Educational 

  • Satellite: Arabsat BADR-4 @ 26° East
    Coverage: MENA & Europe
    Frequency: 12643 MHz
    Polarity: Horizontal
    Symbol Rate: 27500
    FEC: 5/6
    Transmission: DVB-S
    Modulation: QPSK

    Mr. Zakir Albakoush, President and GM of ONT said: “I am very pleased that we have reached this day when we will be able to communicate our educational message and broadcast the curriculum to all our students throughout the Republic of Tunisia in a manner that is easy and accessible to everyone. Keeping up with the global development in the fields of satellite TV broadcasting and the possibility of recruiting it to serve the educational institution. And of course, our first choice was to cooperate with our most prominent Arabic organization Arabsat, which has provided its best potential via their satellite Arabsat Badr-4, to help our dear students pursue their studies in all possible and evolving ways, in the current conditions of the pandemic  and frequent public lock-downs. "..

    “"The launch of such educational channels comes is in parallel with the initiative launched by Arabsat at the beginning of last year, 2020, in which it called for the provision of satellite broadcasting capabilities to serve important sectors of the state affected by the overall lock-downs of the Covid-19 pandemic, Like education, health and civil defense, Arabsat has been keen to support these sectors across all Arab states as part of our social responsibility and to assist them in communicating their programs and awareness messages to people at homes,  
    And here, we value ONT decision to use our services in supporting Tunisia's educational system, and we look forward to developing our partnership into broader perspectives.” said Khalid Balkheyour, Arabsat President and CEO.

About ONT:
The National Television Broadcasting Board “ONT” was created under Law No. 93-8 of 1 February 1993. The ONT is a public institution of a non-administrative nature with civil personality and financial autonomy. The ONT is placed under the supervision of the Ministry of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy. 
The ONT currently broadcasts 10 public (central and regional) radio stations on frequency modulation networks and on medium waves, 20 private radio stations and 5 associative radio stations. The NTA also broadcasts a package of 12 public and private radio and television channels on the terrestrial DTT network and on satellites.

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 headquarter in Riyadh-KSA and two Satellite control stations in Riyadh and Tunis.
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, 200 radio stations, 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°E.
Operating a growing fleet of owned satellites at the 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 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 with the acquisition of 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.