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FIRST POSTED 28 AUG 2011

Nilesat is a Satellite transmission from Egypt.

Nilesat operates multiple geosynchronous communications satellites all of which are stationed at 7 degrees West. The Nilesat satellites deliver a wide variety of Egyptian, Arabic & International Channels.

Nilesat up until a year ago when it launched its 201, operated two satellites; 101 and 102.
In 1998, Egypt launched its first satellite “Nilesat 101″ to become the first country in Africa and the Middle East to have a satellite. Two years later, a second satellite “Nilesat 102″ was launched.

Nilesat 201 is fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders and 3 Ka-band transponders and offers a design life exceeding 15 years. It is meant to provide telecommunications services and digital broadcasting (direct-to-home), broadband service in North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf.

Nilesat transmits more than 570 channels and over 20 HD stations from its 7 degrees West position, making it the hottest of ‘hot spots’ for Arab viewers. Two of its transponders are used by Abu Dhabi Sports for their HD transmissions, and another three are allocated to the HD transmission of Orbit Showtime Network (OSN).

The size of the dish required to receive the signals in Nigeria varies with the part of the country. While a 1.8 meter dish will receive signals in Northern Nigeria, you may require up to a 4 meter (fibre) dish in some areas in Southern Nigeria.
The closer you are to the geographic footprint of the NileSat satellites the less the size of dish you require.
Nigeria is not within the geographic footprint hence even those in the northern parts will still require a big dish to capture the signals.

Nilesat has a lot of free to air stations but most of them arabic. Some of the intersting free to air Channels include:

News: BBC World, CNN, Al Jazeera, EuroNews, Bloomberg
Entertainment & Movies: FOX Series, FOX Movies, MBC 1, MBC 2, MBC Max, MBC Action, MBC 4

Get a full list of Channels @ http://www.nilesat.com.eg/Channels.aspx

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