In its bid to further improve quality and span of its service, Yahsat recently announced the manufacturing of its third satellite, Al Yah 3, planned for service launch later this year, extending their commercial Ka-band coverage to an additional 19 markets reaching 60 percent of Africa’s population.
Although a specific date has not been announced for the launch, the company has already announced a revised YahClick product plan for Nigeria last year, says that although infrastructure pose challenges, Nigeria remains one of the company’s traditional growth markets.
The Abu Dhabi-owned company had successfully launched its first satellite Y1A in April 2011 and a second satellite Y1B in April 2012.
According to the chief executive officer of Yahsat, Masood Sharif Mahmood, “Our third satellite will fuel growth in our business and significantly expand our coverage area to be a truly global company.”
Once the new satellite is operational, Yahsat will offer satellite broadband services its customers in Africa and Brazil, including enterprise markets, internet service providers (ISPs) and telecom operators in these markets, including Nigeria.
Ahead of taking delivery of its third satellite, Al Yah 3, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the possibility of new joint opportunities with existing partner, IEC Telecom Group (IEC Telecom) in Africa. The agreement comes
According to Yahsat’s Chief Commercial Officer, David Murphy: “With investment, trade and industry set to continue to grow in Africa, having access to the internet and the potential for reliable, broadband connectivity via satellite is high. Building on our existing partnership would ensure YahClick delivers on its promise to have an unmatched service area and provides constant connectivity to aid the socio-economic development of the region.”
Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in addition to Central and South-West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate (UAE), and wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa (MEA Region) to offer multi-purpose ka-band satellite services.