Ethiopia Jamming Arabsat?

(borkena) Following investigation of what it called “international jamming” of channels in Arabsat satellites, Arabsat engineers claim to have located the source of jamming within Ethiopian territories.

In a statement issued by Public Relation and Media department of ARABSAT, it is indicated that “…jammer has transmitted unauthorized signals targeting different ARABSAT Bouquets…” which affected television channels on Arabsat.

The Jamming was going on for about a week, according to the statement.

Arabsat engineers are said to have used “state-of -the art technology” to locate the source of the jamming.

It is stated that Arabsat is “surprised” that this happened. “Vandalism” is the term used to describe the experience.

Seemingly, Arabsat does not think that the jamming was deliberately targeting Arabsat but guesstimated that it might be targeting what it calls “opponent channels.”

A few years ago,Ethiopian government had controversy with Voice of America after the Amharic service of the renowned broadcaster was jammed.

In view of warm relations that the ruling party in Ethiopia has with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Arab Countries, it is perplexing why it wanted to aggress KSA and other countries by sabotaging an Inter-governmental Organization.

The question could possibly be answered after the legal and diplomatic pursuit of by Arab Satellite Communication Organization – Arabsat.

“Arabsat is an Inter-Governmental Organization (“IGO”) founded by the Arab League in 1976.”

Written by Dimetros Birku
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