Türksat has signed a multi-million dollar contract ST Engineering iDirect for the ground systems required to run a variety of services over the Türksat 5B satellite.
Commenting on the development, Selman Demirel, VP of satellite operations at Türksat, said: “The latest satellite of our fleet, Türksat 5B, will greatly increase our current coverage and bandwidth over Ka HTS.
“This will enable Türksat to extend broadband services over many regions including Middle East, Africa, as well as major maritime and airtime routes. The partnership with ST Engineering iDirect in this expansion is very important for Türksat to provide seamless, cost-effective and flexible services to current and prospective customer needs in a very broad and rapidly improving market. The Dialog XIF Hub with flexibility, multi-service capability and scalability will be a key asset for Türksat for these active markets. Therefore, we truly appreciate this new contract to strengthen our strategic partnership”.
Tajani Bouqentar, VP, Middle East, ST Engineering iDirect, added: “We are thrilled that our technology has once again been selected by Türksat to enable their expanding operations.
“The selection of our Dialog platform means that Türksat now operates their services over our full hub portfolio. With the multi-service, futureproof nature of the Dialog hub platform and modem portfolio, Türksat can accommodate current and future business opportunities by providing the flexibility, multi-service capability and scalability required. We are dedicated to enabling Türksat’s business development and supporting them as their capabilities evolve”.
Launched in December 2021, Türksat 5B provides data communication and broadcasting services over a wide coverage area that reaches the entire Middle East, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, North Africa, East Africa, South Africa and Nigeria. It also provides customised services to airlines and commercial ship operators around the world via its Ka-band beams. Commencement of the new services is expected in Q3 2022.