It is Nilesat’s second generation satellites. Manufactured by the European company Thales Alenia Space and launched by Ariane 5 Rocket in 4th of August 2010 from French Guiana at North Atlantic coast of South America. Nilesat 201 enable the Egyptian satellite operator “Nilesat” to deliver digital Direct to Home (DTH) TV and radio broadcasting and high‐speed data transmission services to North Africa and the Middle East and meets the growing demands for Nilesat space capacities within the target region, to maintain Nilesat’s leading position among the regional satellite operators.
Nilesat 201 has 26 Ku‐band and 4 ka‐band transponders. Its coverage includes MENA region, including the GULF region, and full coverage of Sudan and East of Africa.