By Andy Sambidge
Satellite operator to launch broadband services in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Africa, Nigeria, Angola
Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator in Abu Dhabi, has announced that it will launch its YahClick broadband service in five new markets this month.
The Abu Dhabi-based company said YahClick will be available in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Africa, Nigeria, and Angola where access to high performance broadband internet is currently limited.
YahClick will be operational across most of its coverage area spanning a total of 28 markets, in South West Asia, Africa and the Middle East, including the GCC states, by October, the firm added in a statement.
YahClick is beamed through Yahsat's Y1B Satellite, which was successfully launched in April.
Y1B is the first satellite in the region to offer internet connectivity through Ka-band multi-spot beams, with reusable frequencies to maximise spectrum efficiency.
Since the launch of Y1B satellite, the full YahClick system has undergone comprehensive testing and validation to ensure the product is ready to achieve maximum performance, the company added.
"This is a key milestone for Yahsat and we support the expansion of the commercial phase of Yahsat's satellite Y1B. This takes the offering of the Abu Dhabi based satellite operation globally," said Jassem Mohammed Al Zaabi, executive director of Mubadala ICT.
"The development is in line with our own mission of economic progress for the Emirate to diversify and harness expertise in various industries."
Yahsat said it has appointed market leading service partners in its launch markets who are set to announce a range of high speed, flexible and cost effective packages, with broadband speeds as high as 15 Mbps.
The company said satellite broadband solutions provide a significantly more reliable service compared to some terrestrial internet services.
According to statistics by Internet World Stats, Africa has only 6.2 percent share of the world's internet users despite being home to 15 percent of the world's population.
Yahsat CEO, Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, said: "The percentage of internet users in Africa is far below the levels shown in other regions. Improved broadband services in Africa will lead to a significant increase in the number of people within reach of internet services.
"Other markets where there is great potential are the fast developing consumer markets in the Middle East and South West Asia. We look forward to seeing our YahClick service making a strong impact on the economies of these regions."