North Telecom, a UAE-based satellite services provider, is planning to ramp up its operations for broadcasters in 2015.
The company, which has teleport locations in Germany and Singapore, currently has multiple transponders and deals with satellite operators including SingTel, ABS, Eutelsat, SES, and Yahsat.
At present, about 80% of North Telecom’s business is related to the telecoms sector, but broadcast is expected to grow to account for 50% of its business in the coming year. Much of the new business will be in Africa, according to Hadi Nazari, CEO, North Telecom.
“North Telecom has a plan, in early 2015 we will have another broadcasting hotspot for the whole African continent. We have a plan to bring almost 50-60 TV channels over Africa,” he told DPME at IBC.
Nazari added that the company is also considering a plan to launch its own satellite. “North Telecom is communication with Airbus to see the possibility of manufacturing our own satellite in the next two or three years to cover the Middle East in the first step,” he said.
“We are reviewing all possibilities. Airbus is going to send us some proposals in the next two months, we will review it with our technical team and see how it could be feasible.”
In the past year, North Telecom has also been actively expanding its presence in the broadcast sector. It became a strategic partner of UAE satellite broadcast company Yahlive, which currently beams about 110 channels to more than 5 million households in the region.