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Globecomm wins five-year contract to transmit Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa in MENA

Alhurra TV

Globecomm was awarded a five-year contract by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in support of the Middle East Broadcasting Network (MBN). Globecomm will provide satellite transponder, teleport, and terrestrial fibre services for transmitting MBN’s Alhurra TV HD and SD video and Radio Sawa audio content to the Middle East and North Africa.

This marks the first project awarded by the BBG to Globecomm for turnkey satellite and terrestrial-based broadcast services. It is also Globecomm’s first deployment on the new $2.5 billion GSA Complex Commercial SATCOM Solutions (CS3) IDIQ contract 47QTCE18D0001.

Alhurra and Radio Sawa’s programming content will be delivered via satellite to more than 58 million direct-to-home (DTH) users, multiple regional MBN rebroadcasting TV and radio affiliates, and BBG/MBN owned-and-operated 24/7 FM radio stations.

“This project underlines the company’s focus on the transition of complex government owned-and-operated satellite and terrestrial networks to commercial content delivery services,” said Dwight Hunsicker, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Globecomm’s government division. “Our ability to handle modern broadcast network services and leverage our technical and operational know-how made us the vendor of choice for this programme. We plan to satisfy future requirements and fulfill additional needs for the BBG in a way that reduces overall costs while enhancing operational efficiencies.”

MBN consists of two television networks (Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq); Radio Sawa; Afia Darfur; Alhurra.com; RadioSawa.com; Irfaasawtak.com; Maghreb Voices and various social media platforms.

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