Arabsat signs MoU to boost data protection

Arabsat has agreed a MoU with RigNet to provide data protection across its MENA satellite network. In the agreement RigNet and Arabsat will target the immediate and growing cybersecurity threat of satellite eavesdropping and network data breaches. Arabsat will begin offering RigNet’s CyphreLink to provide military-grade encryption for location to location communications over satellite and terrestrial networks.

The hardware-based encryption enables military-grade data security, with little to no overhead on the payload. CyphreLink prevents eavesdropping and potential data breaches.

“Arabsat is committed to providing its customers with the most secured connectivity,” said Khalid Balkheyour, President/CEO Arabsat. “We are determined to accelerate our efforts to provide managed cybersecurity solutions in the region, and with the growing cyber threats, RigNet was the natural partner, providing the industry’s best cybersecurity solution.”

Arabsat also announced a scheme with Forsway to roll out “affordable satellite broadband services” across Africa. Arabsat says the plan is to “Bring internet access to developing markets, starting from $5 per month and providing up to 10Gb of satellite broadband – to help reduce the digital divide.” Arabsat and Forsway will use the BADR-7 satellite.

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