Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) recently hired Arqiva, a communications infrastructure and media services company, to provide its global teleport and satellite distribution services. Work on the project started in February, AJMN announced during CABSAT.
Over the course of a long-term agreement, Arqiva will distribute AJMN’s flagship news channels Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English to popular global networks.
The new agreement will allow Al Jazeera to offer its international audience a better viewing experience as the bit rate and video quality will increase. Viewers will also be able to enjoy the improved network resilience thanks to the use of dual and triplicate redundancy on key components of the core fibre, satellite and teleport design.
Abdulla AlNajjar, executive director of global brand and communications at Al Jazeera, said: “With Arqiva already providing the transmission for all of Al Jazeera’s output to the Middle East from its UK Teleports, it made sense to turn to them as we looked to take on a new global satellite distribution partner. This agreement is another step towards providing our audiences across the world with a higher quality viewing experience.”
David Crawford, managing director for satellite & media at Arqiva, said: “With millions of households tuning in worldwide, Al Jazeera is one of the biggest multinational, multimedia news networks in the industry – and one we’re thrilled to be working with. We look forward to continuing to be a trusted partner of AJMN, helping them to monetise their content in multiple ways across multiple territories.”