Some 55 new exhibitors will be at CABSAT to be held March 7-9 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre according to DWTC General Manager Exhibitions, Trixee Loh. These include DMT (Italy), Hamayeh (Iran), Essel Shyam (India), Tower Master (Malaysia), PROTEHnology (UAE), On-Air System (UK), Harris (USA), EVI Audio (Germany) and Justedit (Spain).
Other major companies that will be participating at CABSAT2006 include Sony, Panasonic, Thomson, JVC, AVID, Snell & Wilcox, Autodesk, Sennheiser, Shure, Salam MediaCast, Tek Signal, Oasis, Glocom, and United Broadcast Manufacturers.
The vibrant economies of the region have fuelled an influx of channels with 45 new free-to-air satellite TV channels having emerged in the Arab World during the past four months, bringing the region's total to 200 stations.
CABSAT organisors said around 41 million multi-channel television homes are projected to exist in the Middle East and North Africa by the end of 2010, with 68% of homes connected to cable and satellite television according to industry analysts.
'As this region continues to develop, there will be a huge demand for the latest technological offerings from the broadcast and production sector. CABSAT provides the ideal platform to tap in to this vast and developing economy in the region and will offer both exhibitors and visitors with an ideal opportunity to meet and explore business opportunities.' David Lim, CABSAT International Project Manager, DWTC.
A free two-day CABSAT broadcasting conference, 'Digitalisation - The continuing challenge for broadcasters', will be organised on March 8-9, 2006 by ABU (Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union), in association with ASBU (Arab States Broadcasting Union) and the IABM (International Association Of Broadcasting Manufacturers). The broadcast conference will provide updates across a number of the many sectors of digital development status and implementation issues as broadcasters throughout the world embrace the significant benefits that may be attained through digitisation.
CABSAT 2006, is the Middle East's leading Electronic Media and Communications event will have three distinct segments: i) cable & satellite equipment and accessories, ii) broadcast & production and iii) communications.