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Arab FTA Sat TV channels grew by 19% in 2011. Media & telecom leaders will discuss implications of the supply boom at the 9th Convergence Summit on May 22 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The number of FTA satellite channels in the Arab World increased by 19.3% between April 2011 and March 2012 to reach 642 channels (fully operational channels reached 565). Arab Advisors Group research revealed that the highest percentage of the analyzed FTA satellite channels were privately owned general channels. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, host the highest number of FTA satellite channels in the Arab World.


The number of Free to Air (FTA) satellite channels targeting the Arab region continues to grow. The FTA landscape had a major growth of 542% in the number of FTA satellite channels between January 2004 and March 2012. Based on Arab Advisors Group research, by March 2012, the total number of distinct FTA satellite channels reached 642 channels, an increase of 19.3% over the number of channels recorded in April 2011. The number of the fully launched and operational channels; excluding channels in the test transmission phase, reached 565, up from 501 in April 2011.


This growth and its dynamics will be one of the topics of the 9th Convergence Summit which has Saudi Telecom (STC) as the main sponsor. MotorolaOrangeQualcommUmniahZain and Ericsson are also sponsoring the Summit. Over 40 industry leaders and over 500 delegates will discuss and deliberate the dynamics of convergence in the Arab World's TMT markets.


A new report, "Satellite TV in the Arab World 2012" was released to the Arab Advisors Group's Media Strategic Research Service subscribers on April 18, 2012. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,500. The 87-page report, which has 27 detailed exhibitsprovides a detailed analysis of the FTA satellite channels targeting the Arab region as of March 2012. The channels are analyzed according to their type, broadcast language, headquarters (main offices), ownership (state owned, private or mixed ownership) and satellite carriersPlease contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the report's Table of Contents.


"In line with the liberalization of the audio visual sectors in the region, the number of private satellite channels exceeds the number of government owned channels. Around three quarters of the operational FTA satellite channels are privately owned." Ms. Dalia Haddad, Arab Advisors Research Analyst, commented. "In terms of the types of channels, General-Private Sector channels constitute around a fifth of the operational FTA satellite channels followed by the General-Government Sector ". Ms. Haddad added.


"A plurality of FTA channels is headquartered in Egypt which hosts 21.6% of the fully launched and operational FTA channels. Saudi Arabia and the UAE follow with percentages of 14.0% and 13.3%, respectively" Ms. Hind Qweider, Arab Advisors Research Analyst, said.


Any investment in this report will count towards attending Arab Advisors' 9th Convergence Summit on May 22 & 23, 2012 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Amman - Jordan, or could count towards attending The 2nd Smart Handheld Summit 2012 on November 26 & 27, 2012 at The Address Dubai Marina Hotel in Dubai - UAE. Telecom and Media operators can send up to 2 delegates at no charge. Press members can also attend at no charge.


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The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has produced over 2,950 reports on the Arab World's communications and media markets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through an annual subscription to Arab Advisors Group's ( Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecom). To date, Arab Advisors Group has served 665 global and regional companies by providing reliable research analysis and forecasts of Arab communications markets. Some of our clients can be viewed on

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