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Afghanistan's Shamshad TV joins Asiasat 2

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MUMBAI: Asian satellite communicatsion service provider Asiasat has announced that it has signed a deal with Shamshad TV of Afghanistan.

The deal is a lease agreement for the use of C-band capacity on Asiasat 2 to distribute the channel to all broadcast networks across Afghanistan and countries in Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia and other parts of Asia.

Shamshad TV has commenced free-to-air broadcasting on Asiasat 2, offering programming in English, Dari and Pashto languages 24 hours a day of content including news, entertainment and
educational programmes.

Shamshad TV president Fazel Karim Fazel says, “Following the launch of terrestrial broadcast across our country earlier this year, we are very excited to put our service on Asiasat 2 satellite that further extends our coverage area to both urban and rural areas of Afghanistan, and brings our services abroad, serving overseas audience in more 50 countries and regions across the Asia Pacific. We trust that Asiasat 2's well established penetration across Asia and Australasia would give us the best audience access and tremendously increase our local and overseas viewership”.

Asiasat CEO Peter Jackson says, “We are very pleased to welcome Shamshad TV, our first broadcast customer from Afghanistan, on board Asiasat 2. With the addition of this new channel onto Asiasat 2’s exciting line up of international programming, the satellite has firmly established itself as Asia's most popular multilingual and multicultural platform for broadcast services across the region”

Shamshad TV is available on Asiasat 2 in C-band with the following reception parameters:
Transponder: 4A
Frequency: 3790.75 MHz
Polarisation: Vertical
Modulation: QPSK
Symbol Rate: 2.444 Msym/sec
FEC: 3/4
About Shamshad TV
Shamshad TV was launched early this year from Kabul. The channel provides educational, news, and entertainment programmes in English, Dari and Pashto languages. Its production studio and broadcast station are located in Kabul and provide digital terrestrial transmission and satellite transmission to both urban and rural areas of Afghanistan as well as other countries in Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.

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