55 new companies confirm participation as sector expands by 16%



[USPRwire, Sat Feb 11 2006] Major players representing the broadcast and production sector will be showcasing their latest technological advancements at CABSAT2006, the 12th Middle East International Cable, Satellite, Broadcast & Communications Exhibition, according to organiser Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The exhibition is scheduled to be held from March 7-9, 2006 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“The broadcast & production sector at this year’s show will welcome 55 new exhibiting companies with a 16% increase in net exhibition space,” said DWTC General Manager Exhibitions, Trixee Loh.

“Industry trends and the region’s fast-track switch to high-technology products will definitely help in increased interest for CABSAT 2006,” stressed Ms. Loh.

The latest technologies scheduled to go on display this year include new developments in mobile TV, HDTV, as well as other developments in broadcast and production equipment sectors, she added.

Prominent among the new companies participating this year 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.

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.

The 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.

CABSAT2006 covers a gross floor space measuring 13,680 M2 and expects to welcome over 7,500 trade visitors.

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