Saudi Arabia-led embargo on Qatar extends to satellite to be launched for Qatar’s Es’hailSat

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS— The four Arab nations that have imposed a diplomatic and travel ban on Qatar are now putting pressure on Qatar’s satellite operator, Es’hailSat, raising questions about the commercial viability of Es’hailSat’s Eshail-2.

The dispute’s latest venue is the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN agency that regulates satellite orbital slots and radio frequency licenses.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates appear to be seeking to block Eshail-2 and a planned Eshail-3 satellite from . . .

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