Satnews Daily
February 19th, 2019

Strategic Relationship Initiated Between BridgeSat and Es'hailSat

Es'hailSat Qatar Satellite Company and BridgeSat have joined together with a strategic relationship that will provide businesses and governments across the Middle East with affordable access to laser-based satellite broadband services.

This is the latest milestone toward BridgeSat’s goal of providing organizations worldwide with a faster, less expensive and most secure alternative to traditional radio frequency (RF) solutions for LEO and GEO applications.

BridgeSat owns and operates a growing global network of optical ground stations (OGS) and complimentary satellite terminals that provide high-bandwidth, high-security solutions for unique applications while complementing RF in hybrid networks. Es’hailSat owns and operates a growing number of Ka- and Ku-band satellites that serve broadcasters, businesses and governments in the MENA region and beyond. Es’hailSat has recognized the growth of the communications market and is making the forward looking move to enhance its capabilities to support the space enterprise.

Under this strategic relationship, BridgeSat will build their first OGS for the Middle East, which will be co-located at Es’hailSat’s new satellite operations center in Doha, Qatar. The new OGS will support LEO and other satellite systems owned by Es'hailSat and other companies that are equipped with BridgeSat and other compatible space terminals.

Executive Comments

Barry Matsumori, BridgeSat CEO, said this new relationship with Es'hailSat gives the company a critical gateway to the MENA region and is a major milestone toward the firm's goal of providing organizations worldwide with fast, secure, enterprise-grade broadband services. BridgeSat sees partnerships with innovative companies worldwide as key for revolutionizing satellite communications.

Ali Al Kuwari, President and CEO of Es’hailSat, noted that the Es’hail-1 and Es’hail-2 satellites are fully operational and the company recently commenced satellite control and other satellite services from the firm's state-of-the art teleport in Doha. Collaboration with BridgeSat is step forward for the company in expanding the type of services provided to customers in the region, beyond the traditional satellite services.