By Andy Sambidge
Company says Y1B satellite will help provide reliable, affordable broadband services
Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has launched its second satellite Y1B into space.
The launch took place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Tuesday, company officials said in a statement.
Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi, Yahsat vice chairman, said: "The successful launch of Yahsat's Y1B satellite reaffirms Abu Dhabi's commitment to growing and developing the ICT sector across the region.
"We believe technology has the ability to change the way we live and work - by pushing the boundaries of technological development we can enhance communities' lives."
Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, Yahsat CEO, added: "With the satellite in orbit, we are on track in our mission to connect communities around the region with reliable, affordable broadband services through our 'YahClick' service."
The YahClick service will provide connectivity to remote and underserved areas across the region, he said.
Yahsat said it has established partnerships across 28 countries within the region, selecting communications companies to provide the service to customers.
The Y1B weighs more than 6,000kg, features a spacecraft power of 14kW and has a 15-year designed lifetime.
The scheduled February launch of the Y1B satellite was postponed "due to reasons beyond its control", Yahsat said in a previous statement.
Yahsat's first satellite, Y1A, which is currently in geostationary orbit, was successfully launched in April 2011 by Arianespace.
It provides a number of strategic communications services for both governmental and commercial customers across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South West Asia.
Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions for broadband, broadcast, military and Communications use across the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia.
Based in Abu Dhabi, and wholly owned by Mubadala, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services.