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UAE satellite operator wins licence to operate in Brazil

Yahsat says award is 'significant milestone' in company's international expansion strategy

UAE satellite operator wins licence to operate in Brazil
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UAE-based satellite operator, Yahsat, has been awarded a licence to operate its upcoming Ka-band satellite, Al Yah 3, by the National Telecommunications Agency, known as Anatel, in Brazil.

The award of the licence follows Yahsat's success in an auction held by Anatel in May 2015, offering satellite operators the option to bid for rights to operate a satellite over Brazil.

Yahsat said in a statement that the award of the operating licence marks a "significant milestone" in the company's international expansion strategy.

Al Yah 3 will cover over 95 percent of Brazil's population across more than 5,000 municipalities offering high-speed, affordable broadband satellite internet services as well as economic, high data rate backhaul links for ISPs and telecommunications operators, the statement added.

Masood M Sharif Mahmood, Yahsat CEO, said: "This is a moment of great pride for us, as Yahsat will be operating as a major provider for communications in Brazil. Our market entry has taken many years of planning from our headquarters in Abu Dhabi and we would like to thank the UAE government for their unwavering support of Yahsat's international expansion."

He said Yahsat is the seventh largest satellite operator, in terms of revenue, adding that the company is looking forward to providing services in Brazil "to address the shortage of reliable internet connectivity".

Brazil is a key market for Yahsat's services, having one of the highest levels of internet consumption per user in the world, and a rapidly increasing demand for broadband and internet services.

However, Brazil faces the challenge of being a vast country with a large and growing population across underserved and unserved areas.

Yahsat said it has set up an office in Rio de Janeiro.

Yahsat's third satellite, Al Yah 3, is scheduled for service launch in early 2017, extending the company's commercial ka-band coverage to an additional 19 countries and 600 million users across Brazil and Africa.

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