Arabsat, ASBU & Globecast are commemorating 20 years of relationship with a renewed Multi-Years Deal for Global Arabic Bouquet (GAB) services, providing a wide range of DTH distribution services, complemented by digital and terrestrial streaming platforms, worldwide

New Agreement Enhances GAB Services by Adding Terrestrial Distribution to Existing Platforms 

Global Arabic Bouquet Television (GAB), which has been serving the Arab expatriates and Arab-speaking people the world over for twenty years, has today announced an extension of its partnership with Globecast, Arabsat and Arab States Broadcasting Union to further enhance the reach of Arab public broadcasters.

This multi-year agreement, covering a network of a dozen public broadcasters and their worldwide audiences, will enable GAB to bridge the gap between nations, enhance multi-cultural relationships and support international values of peace and friendship.

Under the terms of the new agreement, Globecast will deliver enhanced services for GAB by adding terrestrial distribution to its existing IPTV, digital TV and OTT platforms. Viewers can access GAB via Sling, Freeview, a bespoke application developed for Roku and operators across the US, Latin America, UK and France. With facilities in the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia and a strong cloud integration capability, Globecast is ideally positioned to meet the GAB’s diverse geographical and distribution needs, and more platforms across different markets are coming up soon

Launched in 2004, the GAB brings together a range of Arabic public broadcasters, including the Saudi Broadcasting Authority, Sharjah TV, Oman TV and Kuwait TV, into a single package distributed worldwide via satellite, OTT and now terrestrial platforms. For the last twenty years, Globecast has been the preferred solutions partner providing global satellite distribution, managing the GAB distribution from its technical facilities across the US, Europe, Africa and Asia.

“The enduring partnership between Globecast, Arabsat and ASBU demonstrates how long-term collaboration and commitment can deliver outstanding results,” said Philippe Bernard, Chairman & CEO of Globecast. “This new agreement represents another important milestone in our relationship and we are proud to extend our cooperation with GAB to extend their reach to more customers worldwide.”

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Arabsat and GAB in an agreement that will see us reach 25 years of continual cooperation and success,” commented Giorgio Giacomini Managing Director, Globecast Middle East. “By bringing their services to new terrestrial audiences, we can support them as they continue to grow internationally and enhance their reputation as one of the world’s leading operators.”

“By extending our agreement for another cycle, we are demonstrating our commitment to bringing the best quality Arabic content to audiences worldwide. We look forward to continued growth and success in the years ahead.” said Alhamedi Alanezi, President & CEO.

ASBU Director General Mr Abdelrahim Suleiman said, “ASBU will continue to help its broadcasting members build better exposure on the best satellite services, reach worldwide audiences and offer their content to Arab and Arabic-speaking citizens all over the world.”


About Arabsat

Established in 1976, Arabsat is an initiative launched by 21 Arab countries and is wholly owned by the Arab League. It is considered the first provider of satellite services in the Arab world and enjoys an advanced position among satellite operators globally.

Thanks to a fleet of 8 satellites, equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, Arabsat is adept at providing a full spectrum TV and radio broadcast, telecommunications, broadband, advanced data transmission network solutions, and a range of satellite ecosystem services as well as multi-channel communications services, in addition to Internet services for government and commercial entities around the MENA region.

Arabsat provides satellite and Internet broadcast services for more than 260 encrypted television networks and HD channels. It provides its services through advanced technologies, ensuring the highest quality to over 650 TV channels and more than 245 radio stations, reaching tens of millions of households in more than 100 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Central Asia. These channels and stations are followed by more than 300 million viewers in 21 Arab countries.

Arabsat seeks to empower itself as the world’s best satellite operator. To do so, it follows an approach based on passion, stimulating innovation, and developing partnerships with the most prestigious satellite companies worldwide.

This approach enabled Arabsat to acquire Hellasat, the most prominent satellite company in Southeastern Europe. In addition, Arabsat signed agreements with value-added services integration and advanced technology companies, which paved the way to launch Badr 8, the latest seventh generation satellite in its fleet. Furthermore, Arabsat aspires to launch more satellites equipped with optical communications technologies, which represent a real addition to the Arab satellite communications ecosystem.

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About ASBU

The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) is a professional organization, gathering more than thirty broadcasters in the Arab region, public and private ones in addition to associate televisions and radios from other regions of the world.  ASBU aims at strengthening ties and promoting cooperation among broadcasters in the Arab countries for better production and content development.

ASBU provides important services to broadcasting members, such as engineering and consulting services, radio and television exchange of news, programming and sports, as well as radio and TV training. It also strives to acquire broadcasting rights at preferential rates for a number of competitions and sports events to the benefit of its members, as well as to ensure the appropriate broadcasting coverage of such events.

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About Globecast

Globecast is the leading broadcast, media & entertainment managed services platform leading the way in the move to the cloud by providing consulting, integration and 24×7 managed services. Globecast orchestrates a solution ecosystem to design, integrate & manage advanced hybrid cloud services, from acquisition, contribution & media supply chain to distribution and delivery of live TV channels, sports, news, special events and on-demand content.

Every offering is supported by a commitment to ultimate quality designed to maximize content monetisation across every relevant platform.

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