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Posted On: 9 April 2013 11:38 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

Qatar's emir issues decree on satellite launch

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Qatar is ready to execute its satellite project Eshail as the country joins the United Nations Convention on Registration of Objects launched into Outer Space. The Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has issued a decree approving Qatar’s move to join the 1974 UN Convention. Satellite Eshail 1 will provide television, internet, corporate and government services in markets across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. According to the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, ictQATAR, the satellite will provide further Ku-band resources for television broadcasting and will also mark the start of Ka-band services, opening up new business opportunities. The six-tonne satellite will be launched by Arianespace from its space port in Kourou, French Guyana, on the east coast of South America. Eshail 1 will share a spacecraft platform with the European satellite operator Eutelsat. The satellite project is part of the $300ml deal signed in 2010 between ictQATAR and Eutelsat. Arabian