Nilesat, Es'hailSat Partner for Satellite Services in the MENA Region

By : Adoni Conrad Quenum

Date : jeudi, 08 février 2024 15:21

African nations are making strides in the space industry, with growing investments and collaborations. The initiatives aim to boost the continent’s capabilities and expertise.

Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat and Qatari firm Es'hailSat said on Wednesday they signed a memorandum of understanding to offer various services across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Under the agreement, the companies aim to provide video streaming, connectivity, telecommunications, and digital technologies utilizing their combined satellite fleets.

"This partnership represents a significant development for the region's satellite industry," said Nilesat CEO Sameh Katta. "By combining expertise and resources, we are well-positioned to meet evolving customer needs and contribute to economic growth."

The deal comes amid increasing interest in space activities across Africa. A 2023 report by Space in Africa, a Nigerian consultancy, found African nations allocated $425 million to space programs in 2023, with Egypt leading the continent.

Last week, Egypt's space agency launched its experimental NExSat-1 satellite and plans further launches in 2024, aiming to become a regional leader in the space industry.

Adoni Conrad Quenum


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