Ateme’s video headend covers the Middle East and North Africa region with primarily linear Arabic content.
Gulfsat Communications, the satellite communications and media service provider in the MENA region, has installed Ateme’s converged video headend solution at its London and Kuwait sites, serving 100 mainly Arabic-language channels. The new infrastructure enables Gulfsat to transmit SD and HD DTH services while future-proofing the system with OTT capabilities and UHD technologies.
Gulfsat needed to replace its video headend systems in London, which services 40 channels, and in Kuwait, which services 60 channels.
The installations feature Ateme’s TITAN encoding and statistical multiplexing, an intelligent and cost-efficient bandwidth-saving technology. The system is OTT-ready and features high-density encoding, which is expected to enable a greener service through lower energy consumption.
Gulfsat is now acting as a system integrator for the Ateme converged headend solution for other organisations in the region.
Speaking about the instalment, Rabih Salim, Technical Operations Director at Gulfsat, said: “Ateme presented a strong future-proofed technological solution coupled with an innovative business model, making it the right choice for Gulfsat’s requirements.”
Rajesh Jagadish, Sales Director MEA at Ateme, added: “As one of the largest DTH providers in the MENA region, Gulfsat is a trusted name among media companies. We are delighted not only to have won Gulfsat’s confidence for its own installations, but to also have built a strong partnership with its team to help other organisations in the region with similar technical requirements.”