iSat Delivers Pilot VSATs to Begin Commercializing Es’hail 1 Ka-band Transponders

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company and Integrated Satellite Applications Technologies Ltd (iSat) registered in UK, announced the delivery and installation of two pilot VSAT terminals at Es’hailSat’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar, to enable the commercialization of the Ka-band payloads on Es’hail 1.

Es’hailSat was established in 2010 to provide advanced satellite services to strategic stakeholders and customers who value communications independence, quality of service and wide geographical coverage.  Es’hail 1, the company’s first satellite was launched in Q3 2013.

The installation of this new, specialized satellite communications equipment allows Es’hailSat to offer superior coverage and secure connectivity for business and government services across the whole MENA region.  Dedicated telecommunications services including broadband Internet access, corporate networks and similar services will be possible on Es’hail 1 using small fixed or mobile antennas.

iSat, which designs, manufactures and installs bespoke satellite earth stations and VSATs worldwide to optimize the use of bandwidth for satellite operators and their customers, delivered a 1.2m transmit and receive VSAT terminal designed to work with Es’hailSat’s “Mission 4” Ka-band transponders, and a 1.2m uplink designed to work with Es’hailSat’s “Mission 3” Ka-band transponders.

The development of the VSAT equipment involved designing, integrating and testing feeds specific to the Mission 3 and Mission 4 Ka-band frequencies with existing reflectors to ensure performance compliant to international standards for antenna side lobe and cross-polar patterns. The integration also involved sourcing the other components of a conventional VSAT for these frequencies – BUCs, LNBs, OMTs, and TRFs.

Hamad Al-Mannai, Es’hailsat’s Chief Commercial Officer said, “We are pleased to be working with iSat on this project as they have proven expertise in providing bespoke systems for Ka-band satellite services.  As a new satellite operator it is important for us to be able to provide our customers with both superior coverage and to fully support their network connectivity”.

David Harper, CEO of iSat said, “The reason that iSat wins these open tenders is due to our experience designing and manufacturing VSATs for satellite operators with challenging transponder frequencies.  Whereas the HDFSS Ka-band market has a variety of highly competitive VSAT suppliers, the frequency area below 29.5GHz is where our customers appreciate iSat’s skills and experience as a terminal manufacturer. Our purpose is to work with Es’hailSat to develop further terminals in the range to help them optimize the use of their bandwidth and increase the commercialization of their satellite fleet”.


About Es’hailSat

Es’hailSat, The Qatar Satellite Company was established in 2010. Based in Doha, Qatar, the company owns and operates satellites to serve broadcasters, businesses and governments. Es’hail 1, which shares a spacecraft platform with the European satellite operator EUTELSAT, was successfully launched on 29th August 2013.  The satellite provides television, voice, Internet, corporate and government communications services across the Middle East and North Africa region and beyond. Es’hail 2 is currently under development and will be located at the 26 degrees East TV broadcasting hotspot.


Noora Bohindi

Tel: +974  44 99 35 09


About iSat

iSat designs, manufactures and installs bespoke satellite earth stations and VSATs worldwide, covering frequencies from C-band to Ka-band.  In addition to standard-frequency products, iSat specializes in VSATs for the less common satellite frequencies including the 12.75-13.25GHz “Appendix 30B” Ku-band expansion bands, the extended Ku-band 18.1-18.4GHz frequencies, and the lower part of Ka-band below the 29.5 GHz with terminal designs that optimize the use of bandwidth for satellite operators and their customers.


David Harper, CEO

Tel: +44 1252 750 812


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