BBG Awards New MBN Contract to Globecomm

To provide satellite transponder, teleport and terrestrial fiber services for Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa
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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — The Broadcasting Board of Governors has announced it has awarded Globecomm a five-year contract to haul audio and video programming for the Middle East Broadcasting Network.

Globecomm will provide satellite transponder, teleport and terrestrial fiber services for transmitting MBN’s Alhurra TV HD/SD video and Radio Sawa audio content to the Middle East and North Africa.

This marks the first project awarded by the BBG to Globecomm for turnkey satellite and terrestrial-based broadcast services. It is also Globecomm’s first deployment on the new $2.5 billion U.S. General Services Administration Complex Commercial SATCOM Solutions IDIQ contract.

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Alhurra and Radio Sawa’s programming content will be delivered via satellite to more than 58 million direct-to-home users, multiple regional MBN rebroadcasting TV and radio affiliates, and BBG/MBN owned-and-operated 24/7 FM radio stations.

“This project underlines the company’s focus on the transition of complex government owned-and-operated satellite and terrestrial networks to commercial content delivery services,” said Dwight Hunsicker, executive vice president and general manager of Globecomm’s government division.

“Our ability to handle modern broadcast network services and leverage our technical and operational know-how made us the vendor of choice for this program. We plan to satisfy future requirements and fulfill additional needs for the BBG in a way that reduces overall costs while enhancing operational efficiencies.”

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