Batelco connects with Bahrain Space Agency for future upgrades

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Leading digital solutions provider in Bahrain, Batelco has endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bahrain National Space Science Agency (NSSA). The agreement was penned by Batelco Chief Global Business Officer Adel Al-Daylami and NSSA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mohamed Al Aseeri.

The MOU will expedite further exchanges between NSSA and Batelco by drafting the intentions of both organizations. The deal will allow Batelco to assist NSSA’s in the agency’s development initiatives of infrastructure in the future along with a provision of associating with external parties where possible, to back the Kingdom’s vision and plan in space science. As a result of the agreement, Batelco and NSSA can identify and work within any area of possible development and on projects with common interests.

Adel Al-Daylami
Chief Global Business Officer, Batelco

“It is our pleasure to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Space Science Agency, and we look forward to contributing towards the enhancement of the Kingdom’s position in the field of space science, which reaffirms our continuous efforts to support all official authorities in the Kingdom. We look forward to working closely with the Agency to ensure that we achieve joint success.”

NSSA was established by a Royal Decree in 2014, in line with His Majesty’s vision to promote the Kingdom’s position of international prominence in the field of space science, with the purpose of achieving comprehensive and sustainable development.

Dr. Mohamed E. Al-Aseeri
CEO – National Space Science Agency, Bahrain

“One of the main initiatives of NSSA is to establish a ground station that allows tracking LEO and MEO satellites and a series of meetings took place with Batelco along with site visits to Batelco’s Earth Station to examine existing facilities and to benefit from their expertise in satellite operations. We appreciate Batelco’s support as it will ensure that we will choose the proper infrastructure and operation procedures to meet our requirements.”

The Agency’s focus is on utilizing space technologies for national development, supporting space science and applications, developing advanced space research programs, and ensuring capacity while creating a new space sector in the Kingdom. NSSA is also working closely with Ministries in the Kingdom to identify their needs and is planning to provide enhanced space-based technology services for governance and development. It is also working with universities on exciting potential new space missions to advance research and development in space sciences.