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Eutelsat Broadband inks its first distribution agreement in Middle East

30 November 2015

Eutelsat Communications  announced a distribution agreement between its Eutelsat Broadband subsidiary and Ooredoo, Qatar’s leading communications company, to deliver an enhanced VSAT service for businesses called “VSAT Internet”.

The new service will be based on the high-performance KA-SAT satellite dedicated to broadband services. By selecting the KA-SAT infrastructure, Ooredoo has chosen the fastest and highest-quality satellite broadband service in the Middle East. Ooredoo's “VSAT Internet” will deliver a reliable and competitively-priced solution that compares to terrestrial broadband, with download speeds up to 22 Mbps and upload speeds up to 6 Mbps. Through this service, Ooredoo aims to deliver communications support for a wide range of applications such as point-of-sale transactions, data processing, reservation systems and high-speed Internet access, ensuring business continuity.

Ooredoo’s new service is particularly useful for businesses in remote locations operating notably in desert and coastal waters. It provides immediate access and the benefits of a flexible connectivity model with on-demand volume booster, and a secure system with a 24/7 command control centre (CCC) for constant monitoring. It is designed to deliver tailored communication for businesses operating in sectors such as construction, hospitality, manufacturing, tourism and agriculture as well as government agencies and news agencies.

Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Operating Officer of Ooredoo Qatar, said: “We’ve launched this new VSAT service to ensure that Qatar’s businesses have the best connections available 24/7 anywhere in the country. We are confident that this solution, powered by Eutelsat's innovative KA-SAT satellite, will help us to better match service to the specific requirements of our enterprise customers.”

Patrice Segura, Head of Sales France & MENA, Eutelsat Broadband, added: “This distribution agreement marks a first for Eutelsat Broadband in the Middle East, leveraging on Eutelsat’s broad experience in broadcasting in the region. We are convinced that the performance of satellite broadband through KA-SAT will be ideally suited for answering business needs in the Gulf States and coastal waters."