Sky News Arabia chooses datamena to build news content aggregation and delivery platform

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Announcement made during Capacity Middle East

Dubai, UAE, 6 March 2014: datamena, the carrier neutral data centre and connectivity platform based in the UAE and serving the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, has been chosen to build a content management facility for the UAE operations of Sky News Arabia, the 24 hour breaking news broadcaster. The partnership was announced on the sidelines of Capacity Middle East of which datamena is a Diamond Sponsor.

The partnership agreement was signed between Hany Ali, Executive vice President of Enterprise marketing in du, and Nart Bouran, Head of Sky News Arabia in the presence of Mahesh Jaishankar – Vice President, datamena, among other senior officials.

“Sky News Arabia will enjoy world class data centre and connectivity services from datamena as a result of our new partnership,” said Mahesh Jaishankar, Vice President – datamena. “datamena offers state of the art facilities that will provide Sky News Arabia with a solid connection directly to the partners and carriers that add value to their business.”

“datamena’s proposition will provide us with the level of security and connectivity we need to strengthen our news gathering capabilities,” said Dominic Baillie, Chief Technical Officer, Sky News Arabia. “Sky News Arabia is dedicated to delivering the best possible service to our viewers around the world and in partnering with datamena in this capacity we are reinforcing this commitment.”

In joining datamena, Sky News Arabia’s point of presence (PoP) will be connected directly to the Samacom Teleport and Sky News Arabia’s international network. Within the datamena transit zone, Sky News Arabia will be able to connect directly to carriers and partners that add value to the business and enhance their capability to bring live breaking news to their viewers.

Sky News Arabia joins a growing list of companies that have chosen to be part of datamena, including Vodafone Qatar, Cable and Wireless, Level 3 and more.

About datamena:
Launched in 2012 by du, datamena is a carrier-neutral data centre, connectivity interchange and services platform in the UAE. The company provides data centre services in alliance with Equinix, a leading global provider of data centre services. We host the UAE Internet Exchange (UAE-IX), managed by the world’s largest Internet Exchange operator, Germany’s DE-CIX. Located at the intersection of some of the world’s most dynamic markets, we help carriers, content and service providers to grow across the Middle East and beyond. For further information, please visit www.datamena.comFor further details, please contact: Saugat Chatterjee, mediarelations@datamena.com, Mobile +971 55 9367045

About Sky News Arabia
Sky News Arabia is a 24-hour, Arabic-language rolling news channel broadcasting in HD quality from Abu Dhabi. A joint venture between Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation and the UK’s BSkyB, the channel offers fresh, fast and independent news across multiple media platforms including live streaming of its broadcast on the internet and via dedicated mobile applications. Sky News Arabia operates 16 bureaus in key cities across the region as well as international bureaus in London and Washington DC. The channel also draws upon sister channel Sky News’ global network of bureaus, ensuring comprehensive coverage of regional and international events.

Live streaming of the channel is available at www.skynewsarabia.comand www.livestation.comand on Sky News Arabia’s iPhone, iPad and Android smartphone and tablet apps.

Viewers can follow the channel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SkyNewsArabiaand on Twitter at @skynewsarabia.

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