Gulfsat Goes Live with Ateme’s Converged Video Headend

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  • Ateme’s TITAN solution powers 100 channels across two key sites
  • Ateme’s video headend covers MENA region with primarily linear Arabic content
  • System is future-proofed and OTT-ready

    Paris, France, March 07, 2023 – Gulfsat Communications, the leading satellite communications and media service provider in the MENA region, has installed Ateme’s converged video headend solution to power 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 as well as UHD technologies.

    Gulfsat needed to replace its video headend systems in London, which service 40 channels, and in Kuwait, which service 60 channels. Following extensive consultation, the converged video headend solution from Ateme was chosen and deployed to cover the MENA region.

    Rabih Salim, Technical Operations Director, Gulfsat, said, “Ateme presented a strong future-proofed technological solution, coupled with an innovative business model, making it the right choice for Gulfsat’s current and future requirements.” 

    The installations feature Ateme’s TITAN encoding and statistical multiplexing (StatMux), 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’s experience with the solution has been so favorable that it is now acting as a system integrator for the Ateme converged headend solution for other organizations in the region.

    Rajesh Jagadish, Sales Director MEA at Ateme, said, “As one of the largest DTH providers in the MENA region, Gulfsat is a trusted name among media companies. We are gratified 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 organizations in the region with similar technical requirements.” 

    About Gulfsat

    Established in 1995 as a pioneer in the delivery of satellite communication services, Gulfsat Communications is now the leader in the communication service industry, providing an innovative platform for satellite communications, satellite broadcasting and managed telecommunications solutions. Gulfsat designs, integrates, installs, and provides advanced satellite solutions for Enterprises and Government organizations.

    Gulfsat is a subsidiary of United Networks, a member of Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO Group), the region’s leading investment group. KIPCO has earned a reputation for quality and excellence as a premier investment holding company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

    About Ateme

    Ateme is a global leader of video compression and delivery solutions, helping tier-one content providers, service providers and streaming platforms boost their viewers’ engagement and reduce churn.
    Leveraging an R&D task force that is unique in the video industry, Ateme’s solutions power sustainable TV services, improve end-users’ quality of experience, optimize the total cost of ownership of TV/VOD services, and generate new revenue streams based on personalization and ad insertion. Beyond offering technological agility, Ateme partners with its customers, offering flexible business models that match their financial priorities.

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