For a very large scale project the timescale was tightly defined, with the broadcaster planning to award the systems integration contract in the early part of 2011. System design, construction, installation, and training and rehearsals – for a largely new staff drawn from the Middle East & North Africa region – had to be completed for an on-air date in the spring of 2012. Following detailed negotiations, Sky News Arabia awarded the contract to TSL.
As a major international systems integrator, TSL could demonstrate success in large-scale projects, and the ability to drive leading manufacturers to achieve new levels of integration and interoperability. It had an existing base in the United Arab Emirates which would provide local support and staffing. TSL also had facilities in the UK large enough for the complete system to be built and tested while the site was being prepared.