Nilesat is the Egyptian Satellite Company, a joint stock company headquartered under the Free Zone Law in 6th of October City. Nilesat is also the name of a series of Egyptian communications satellites.
Nilesat was established in 1996 to operate Egyptian satellites, associated ground control stations and uplinking facilities. Nilesat has launched 2 satellites to the 7° West orbital neighborhood (Nilesat-101 and Nilesat-102), and launched its second-generation satellite, Nilesat-201 in August 2010.
In November 2013, Nilesat broadcasted around 700 TV channels, and over 100 digital radio channels uplinked either from Cairo, Dubai, Amman, Doha, Riyadh and Beirut and covering North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf Region. Nearly 76% of the TV channels are free to air, the remaining channels are encrypted.
Nilesat viewership in the MENA region has shown steady growth, from 11 million households in 2003 to more than 43 million households in 2014. Nilesat is enjoying the highest viewership in the MENA region according to the most recent estimations in 2014, about 95 % of the house hold in the MENA region.