Eutelsat has opened a new regional office based in Dubai Media City. The satellite operator felt it was necessary to set up base in Dubai so that it can be closer to its customers in the MEA region. Yassine Dahbi, MD, Eutelsat Middle East will head the Dubai office.
Dahbi has already settled into his role and is keen to introduce Eutelsat’s new satellite at 8-degrees West, which will be called Eutelsat 8 West B. This will be functional by 2015, and the satellite operator is already quickly having capacity booked up by broadcasters. To explain the importance of the satellite, Dahbi said: “The concept is we can now have an arc between our current satellite at 7-degrees West, known in the region as Nilesat, so now broadcasters have a choice of regions that they want to target specifically.”