Satellite Communications

In 1985 (1405/06 AH), with the launch of two communications satellites, Arabsat (the Arab Satellite Communications Organization - formed by the Arab League in 1976) became operational. The Arabsat satellites are positioned in geo-stationary orbit above the equator.

Communications satellites facilitate the almost instantaneous transmission of many forms of data, including alphanumeric text, voice, still pictures and moving pictures. Their uses, in news dissemination, in business, in entertainment and in education are limited only by the imagination and resources of the user.

The Kingdom is playing an active role in the development and exploitation of this exciting medium of communication.

The King Fahd Satellite Communications City in Jiddah is the largest such complex in the Middle East. It comprises four ground stations, two dealing with INTELSAT, one with ARABSAT and the other with ANMASAT for maritime communications to provide services to all ships, planes and vehicles. These stations provide telephone, telex, TV and cable services.

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