Press Release

Press Release


October 3, 2007

Nermeen Negm, Marketing Manager

Tel: 971.4.364.2700
E-mail: nnegm(a)


Dubai, UAE — October 2, 2007— SAMENA Telecommunications Council has brought on board yet another valued member: Horizon Satellite Services (HSS) is a registered Satellite Space Segment provider which caters to the needs of clients from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa for Wide Area Networks and Internet services via satellite.

HSS’s addition to SAMENA’s membership portfolio further strengthens the Council’s satellite operators base. With some regional and global operators already a contributing part of SAMENA, it would now become easier to facilitate the understanding of satellite-based communications challenges and associated regulatory hurdles in the region through dialogue between satellite operators.

Both SAMENA and HSS anticipate leveraging each other’s support mechanisms to help abridge gaps between satellite operators, terrestrial operators, and regulators on matters of need; while all play their respective roles in expanding Internet usage throughout the region.

About HSS
Horizon Satellite Services (HSS) is a registered Satellite Space Segment Provider which caters to Middle East, Asia and African clients for Wide Area Networks and Internet via Satellite Services. HSS with its Office in Dubai Internet City, Dubai, UAE, provides full regional support through its Network Operations Center for satellite links located in different parts of the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The Network Operation Center in Dubai operates on a 24-hour basis and monitors all HSS customers.

HSS operates its own teleports from Germany with Open Transit Internet Backbone Connectivity. HSS’ client base currently includes some of the largest corporations of the region, operating in the fields of defense, VoIP, distribution and Internet services (ISPs). The company provides space segment coverage through EUTELSAT’s (W5, SESAT-II, W3A & W6) & INTELSAT IS-12 Satellites.

SAMENA Telecommunications Council is a tri-regional, non-profit telecommunications association that embodies a community of South Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African telecoms operators, manufacturers, regulatory authorities, and academia. SAMENA aims to be the ultimate promoter of collaboration and knowledge-sharing in the SAMENA region that spans 25 countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

The Council is driven by telecoms issues that operators in South Asia, the Middle East, and in North Africa face, and is determined in providing its advocacy expertise to help aid the incubation of novel approaches and ideas that would provide better means for the expansion and utilization of telecommunications in the region.

Headquartered in Dubai, SAMENA is chaired by Dr. Mohammed Ali Al Wohaibi, Executive President, Omantel and is directed by Mr. Thomas W. Wilson, CEO, Teralight.