UAE's Yahsat inks deal to improve broadband in African countries

Satellite operator signs agreement aimed at boosting internet coverage in Rwanda, Burundi and East Democratic Republic of the Congo
UAE's Yahsat inks deal to improve broadband in African countries
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By Staff writer
Wed 11 May 2016 01:39 PM

UAE-based satellite operator, Yahsat, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tele10 Group to discuss collaborations for improving internet connectivity in Rwanda, Burundi and East Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The agreement comes ahead of Yahsat taking delivery of its third satellite, Al Yah 3.

The launch of Al Yah 3 will see the roll out of YahClick, the company's satellite broadband service, to 19 new markets in Africa during the first half of 2017.

YahClick, delivered through a modem and small satellite dish, is currently the number one satellite broadband service in Africa, Yahsat said, adding that it is working towards expanding its coverage area across the African continent.

David Murphy, Yahsat's chief commercial officer, said: "We are dedicated to serving underserved and remote areas by providing better connectivity to new and existing internet users.

"To further our commitment to the region, we have entered an MoU with Tele10 to discuss the provision of high-speed connectivity to three of Africa's fast-emerging markets. We look forward to working together and providing unparalleled broadband services to our customers across our expanding footprint."

Tele10 has been serving the East African region for 20 years, by providing pay-TV, radio broadcasting, and ICT services.

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