Cabsat to draw 8,000 trade visitors

DUBAI — Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansour, Minister of Governmental Sector Development, yesterday opened the 12th Middle East International Cable, Satellite, Broadcast and Communication Exhibition, or Cabsat.

By Isaac John (Chief Business Reporter)

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Published: Wed 8 Mar 2006, 9:47 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:30 PM

Running till tomorrow, Cabsat 2006 is expected to draw more than 8,000 trade visitors and professionals this year. Among the major highlights of the show is a spate of industry-specific seminars which examine several issues related to the current and future scope of the satellite and cable industry in the region.

“We were delighted that Al Mansour visited our stand this morning. Cabsat is the leading event of its kind in the Middle East and as such we felt that it is important for us to have a significant presence at the show to support our existing clients as well as to attract new ones,” said Humaid Rashid Sahoo, CEO, E-Vision.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Sahoo said E-Vision is showcasing its latest products and services including TV over IP protocol and Personal Video Recorder at the show.

Sahoo said in six years, the satellite cable network provider was able to reach 60 per cent of the UAE households. "In the next two years, we will have our reach everywhere in the Emirates," he said. Currently, E-Vision has a subscriber base of 300,000 homes with a half million viewership. In two years, the company aims to add another 200,000 subscribers, he said.

The show occupies Halls 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and visitors to the exhibition can meet a variety of key exhibitors including renowned names like Selevision, Eurostar, Triax, Technosat, E-Vision, Arabsat, Eutelsat, Dubai Studio City, Snell & Wilcox Oasis, Panasonic and SONY amongst others.

“Eurostar has been participating at Cabsat since its inception and we feel it is a very important event for us internationally, as well as in this region as we are the leading company in the Cable and Satellite industry. We have chosen the show as our platform to launch some very interesting products like the Home Media Centre — PC & the Worlds FirstArab Box,” remarked Swithin D'Silva, Marketing Manager, Eurostar Group.

The show is endorsed by leading industry organisations like Arab States Broadcasting Union, Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union, International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers and GVF.

“Cabsat 2006 is truly an international event with the support of 439 companies from more than 45 countries. These companies are showcasing latest developments in the three industry sectors Broadcast & Production, Cable & Satellite and Communications,” said Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, Dubai World Trade Centre.

The exhibition also offers visitors the opportunity to get updates on the latest industry information and developments at the conference and symposiums. The 2nd Cabsat Broadcast Conference on “Digitalisation — The Continuing Challenge For Broadcasters” will open today along with the second GVF Middle East Satellite Symposium entitled “Growing the Broadband Networking Environment & the Middle East Satellite Imperative”.

Tomorrow, the 1st Middle-East DVB-RCS Symposium debates “Answering Satellite Communications Challenges with DVB-RCS”. Admission to the conference and symposiums are free to trade visitors and spaces are allocated on a first come frst served basis. Interested visitors are requested to register on the day between 11am and 7pm.



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