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UAE's Yahsat launches broadband services in Pakistan

Tech firm says customers across Pakistan will now be able to connect to satellite broadband to avoid congested networks

UAE's Yahsat launches broadband services in Pakistan
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YahClick, the satellite broadband service of the UAE-based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), has officially launched services in Pakistan.

Customers across Pakistan will now be able to connect to satellite broadband via a small satellite dish and modem, without the frustration of congested networks and anywhere in the country, including places where terrestrial infrastructure is currently not yet available, Yahsat said in a statement.

Masood M Sharif Mahmood, CEO at Yahsat said: "Our consumer launch in Pakistan is a significant milestone for YahClick. Regulatory approval by the Pakistani authorities for consumer use, paves the way for us to continue our global growth strategy in this promising market.

"The exceptional demand in the rural and underserved communities across Afghanistan and the whole of Africa has led to YahClick's rapid growth to become the largest satellite internet provider in Africa and a dominant player in the Afghan market.

"We are confident that with this launch of our service in Pakistan, we will attract even more business and home users who are striving to for better connectivity and access to global online, social, cultural and knowledge communities."

Now completing its soft launch phase, YahClick is already using satellite technology to send and receive high-speed broadband internet signals in Pakistan, linking some of the country's most important infrastructure, including over 154 ATMs for many banks, as well as connecting 1,600 students and supporting election offices in remote areas.

Mahmood added: "YahClick will help Pakistan accelerate its economic growth and social development by improving access to information and reducing operational costs for internet access in the most remote and currently underserved areas."

To date, YahClick has acquired almost 34,000 subscribers for its satellite broadband service. The service has so far been rolled out across 13 countries out of its 28-country footprint, seven of which are in sub-Saharan Africa.

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