Satellite internet in the Middle East

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Satellite Internet connection, for web browsing and email, is now possible throughout MENA via direct two-way transmit-receive customer dishs, called VSAT terminals. Fast web page downloads, email, ftp file transfers and streaming video and audio are achieved with speeds of up to several Mbit/s, using a share of a high bandwidth connection from a large teleport hub. Teleport hubs are located in MENA and Europe. Upload, return path, rates may be up to 1 Mbit/s if required. 

Satellite broadband capacity is shared to keep costs down and when many customers are active together there may be a reduction in bit rates. 

Service providers have tariff options for various speeds and Mbytes per month. Email and internet web browsing are the usual intended use. For applications requiring substantial uploading of data or for real time both way video or VoIP ask about higher price options and feasibility.
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IsoTropic Networks

Fixed : Mobile : Maritime : Auto pointing : Inmarsat

  • Company Owned & Operated Teleports
  • iDirect Host Network Operator (HNO)
  • Flexible & Scalable Bandwidth Packages
  • iDirect Evolution & iNFINITY Networks
  • Installation & Maintenance Services
  • On-Demand Dedicated Bandwidth
  • 24/7/365 Technical Support

Isotropic logoContact:
Phone:  +1 262-248-9600

W2835 Krueger Road, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Global coverage maps
For higher resolution details of individual Middle East satellite beam coverages, click on the above map to go to a detailed interactive map at the Isotropic web site.
Bentley Telecom: iDirect Evolution x3 and Hughes HX50 service

Your dish: 98cm - 1.8m diameter according to location.

Outlink: 512 - 2056k - 4Mbit/s.
Return link: 64 - 256k - 1Mbit/s

Choice of three orbit positions now with coverage of Europe, North Africa, MENA, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikstan, Kyrgystan, Western India and Turkmenistan.

Hylas 2 is due to be launched in early 2012 and will be used to provide small dish Ka band service using Hughes HN9200 modems.

For prices click:

Military only, click here: Satellite Internet in Iraq and Afghanistan

iDirect in the Middle East using Eutelsat W6 beam.

W6 sat beam
Ku Hughes HX50 and iDirect Evolution x3 on Eutelsat W6 satellite at 21.5E.

W7 sat beam
Ku Hughes HX50 on
Eutelsat W7 satellite at 36E.

Sesat 2 beam
Ku iDirect Evolution x3 on
SESAT 2 (Express AM22) at 53 East.

Hylas 2 Ka band Middle East coverage: Iraq and Afghanistan
Hughes HN9200 service. Due to start 2Q2012.

BusinessCom : Internet via Satellite services for the MENA region

For SOHO, Enterprise, Internet Cafe and Calling Centers, Wireless ISP and Hot Spots, VoIP Termination Carriers and more.  No FAP, no throttling, no hidden fees, smart bandwidth management, dedicated technical support and personalized service - this is what BusinessCom services are. Features include:

. iDirect, LinkStar, DVB-S2, SCPC and FR platforms - shared and dedicated links of any possible configuration.
. Ready to support business-class VoIP and Videoconferencing, VPN (IPSec), Mesh topology and more.
. Individual QoS setup per each VSAT system to make sure your own applications traffic are prioritized .
. SLA with 98.2%+ annual network uptime guaranteed and more
. Immediate Spare Parts Replacement Warranty option, in-country Installation and Maintenance options.
. Ability to connect with your own equipment, flexible migration deals, APO delivery... and more!
. Free VoIP phone and calls to the USA.

Contact: to inquire for more information and prices.

BusinessCom currently provides it's services from Telstar-10, NSS-7 and NSS-10 (AMC-12) in C-Band and Telstar-12, NSS-6, AM-22, BADR-4 and W6 satellites in Ku-Band. more details

Telstar 10 beam
Regions and Countries covered (but not limited to):

All ex-USSR (CIS), including Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova; MENA, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon; All Asia, including: Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Thailand.


MMtelcom logoMM Telcom Corp. New York, USA: Providing reliable VSAT communications since 1991.

MM Telcom offer one stop shopping for equipment and service. MM Telcom is an American company serving Business, Enterprise, NGO's, Educational, Military or Government. Providing high speed internet (e.g 9.0 meg downlink, 4.2 meg uplink), quality VoIP, video, distance learning and multi-casting capabilities.

Both shared or dedicated (TDMA or SCPC) Ku band services are offered. You may extend your network up to 12 km radius by using Wi-Fi equipment (protocol 802.11) or 50 km using WiMax (802.16)

Running VOIP? Using additional compression equipment with proprietary algorithm MM Telcom can compress VOIP into 4k per channel, obtaining the equivalent of  (30 lines) E1 using only 128k! (4k per voice). No download quota or limits.  Excellent warranty: if equipment is down then your monthly billing is stopped.
24/7 tech support engineers in USA and Europe.

For further details >  or 516-608-8464 

Afghanistan satellite internet coverage
MMTelcom coverage includes Iraq and Afghanistan

CorpSkies: Provider of satellite communications, internet via satellite, VoIP, video and wireless access.

This company, with 17 offices in the MENA area, makes use of Arabsat / BADR satellites, plus others from Eutelsat and Intelsat, to deliver service throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

The emphasis is on reliable data, video and VoIP, with data rates from 64kbps to 155 Mbps, either dedicated or shared, symmetrical or asymmetric, as required by the client.  IP is used to provide internet, data and images for the entire region.

Private data/voice networks are available for corporations and government organisations with multiple branch operation.    WIMAX is used to deliver into local area networks for branches and sites up to 50km apart.

Corp skies logo    Corpskies contact:

BADR4 Arabsat North Africa and Middle Eastcoverage

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Private satellite communications network

WAFA - Your gateway to high speed internet - Anywhere and anytime
WAFA offer satellite internet access services in the MENA area and elsewhere using Hughes HX, iDirect and Linkstar equipment.

Satellite coverage areas include Africa (Western, Central , South Africa, Libya, Algeria), Lebanon, Saudi, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

LinkStar and iDirect services may also be used for VoIP connection - suitable for internet cafe, business or residential.  More details. 
  تفاصيل أكثر عن خدمة الانترنت عبر الساتلايت من شركة الوفاء

Tell them where you are located and ask about what services you require. Typical dish size 1.2m diameter.   Hughes HX now available.

For complete details email:

Express 22 service area
Eutelsat Express 22 beam
Eutelsat W3 at 7 east footprint
Eutelsat W3 at 7 east footprint have their own teleport in Belgium with 155Mbps and 34Mbps backbone connectivity.

GTT teleport antenna

Operations in Ku-band

Customer VSAT dishes are typically 1.2m diameter with up to 61 PCs connected.

Bandwidth available in shared access (5:1)
. 4.5Mbps max Receive and 256kbps max transmit with a small 1.2m parabolic antenna.
. Many different type of subscription from a Quota to Shared to Unlimited.

Leased line or dedicated line also available.
. 4.5Mbps receive and 1 Mbps transmit with 1.8 or a 2.4m for the maximum speed.

SkyOne-IP over All MENA, North Africa, Central Europe and central Asia.  Fixed usage:  Private users, SOHO/SME Corporate, UN, NGOs, ISP's.



Voip      Vpn-Ipsec
Mesh single Hop     Public static IP
Vehicle    Maritime    Transportable
All-in-a-Box appliance  (mail, FW, DNS, server)

Eutelsat W6 coverage

Coverage includes:
UAE, Oman, KSA, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Armenia, Egypt, Algeria, Cape Verde, Romania, Ukraine, France, Italia, Greece, Mediterranean Sea.



BNL : D-Star Services on NewSkies NSS-6 Satellite

. DVB/RCS ViaSat LinkStar MF-TDMA platform.

. Satellite Internet Access services for SOHO, SME and Internet Cafe.

. Broadband bandwidth up to 4 Mbit/s, 1:10 and 1:20 sharing ratios. With delivery, licensing and professional installation services.

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Click on the logo banner above to go to their new web site.

NSS6 footprint
Including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Armenia as well as Western Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Cyprus.

Makarios teleport

DigitalSkys operate their own iDirect VSAT hub

Using their own large teleport hub dish in Cyprus, DigitalSkys provide an iDirect VSAT service all along the North Africa coast, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Baghdad, Turkey and surrounding area.

They offer a service also around Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, Hindu Kush, Western India and Tajikstan area using the NSS703 satellite.

Tariffs and equipment suitable for single PC users, small business, large business and military (DES iDirect modems) are available. Local wireless extensions for up to 50km are available using 802 standards.

Contact: +971 4 391 0863

NSS7 footprint
iDirect VSAT service area
NSS-703 spot beam footprint
iDirect VSAT on NSS703 at 57E
The customer VSAT terminal comprises a parabolic antenna dish, similar to satTV, together with an indoor modem box unit.   Ethernet cable links one or more local PCs.  You may normally add wired or wireless router to connect many PCs or VoIP phones.   The arrangement is suitable for both home use and for small office applications.  If you want to connect many IP devices you will need a higher capacity tariff or lower sharing ratio - otherwise your link will be congested. The outdoor radio modules on the front of the dish receive the outlink (or downlink) using a conventional satellite television LNB (low noise block downconverter) and transmit the return link (or uplink) data to the satellite using a transmit block up-converter (BUC). The wireless service is always-on direct access and not dependant on dial up or ADSL lines. The large teleport hub station is where the VSAT Operator and ISP providers are located with a high speed digital backbone for worldwide networking connectivity.

Ku band refers to 11-12 and 14 GHz operation. C band (4/6 GHz) needs generally larger customer antennas but suffers less from heavy rain fading in the tropics.

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The setting up and control of broadband internet return channel system ( RCS ) satellite interactive terminals ( SIT ) is controlled from the main station so any problem sites can be switched off remotely until a technician attends. Also, the equipment design and frequency bands comply to international regulatory "type approval" for general use so that operation does not cause interference to other services or continue to require individual licence / licensing for satellite internet access. Non-approved terminals will continue to require individual licensing. * Please note that export of ViaSat LinkStar equipment to Iran is not allowed.   Technical coverage areas do not imply that operation is allowed everywhere within the beam.  Country border lines are approximate.

iDirect from Auriga networks on ABS-1

GOSAT: New ViaSAT Surfbeam service for MENA from NSTT


Egypt: VSAT hubs: iDirect and Newtec Sat3play

Satellite dish installer Doha, Qatar

iDirect Ku and C band from ICCES

iDirect Evolution X3 service in Basra Iraq.


SMS Gateway to ME Teleport (Rugby UK)

Global Telecom (MENA)

DigitalSkys, Dubai UAE, have an iDirect VSAT hub in Cyprus

ICCES and Satway Dubai & Saudi Arabia VSAT service


iDirect from Geolink Access



Nynex iDirect and Hylas Ka band in Afghanistan



Vizocom dedicated and shared service in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan

Satlink and MTVS merger (Israel)
C band
inclined orbit

VSAT installer and iDirect hub engineer Egypt

  iDirect in Middle East from Auriga networks on ABS-1

Gulfsat Communications

CDM570L service in Iraq

TWISTER - service provider in Baghdad, Iraq

Ka band options for Egypt

Ka band Hylas HTS service for Iraq

Global Technologies
(based in Paris)

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last updated 9 Nov 2014

Portable laptop sized RBGAN and R-BGAN terminal are suggested for reporters and travelling business users.




Educational illustration of how Eutelsat W5 beam might be used This beam needs a hub operator

مهندسي نصب منظومات الانترنت عن طريق الاقمار الصناعية في الشرق الاوسط Satellite Engineer CV MENA