Yahsat has announced that it will launch its innovative YahClick "broadband everyone" satellite service in five key markets. YahClick will provide businesses and customers with cost effective, high performance, wide reaching and reliable internet connectivity.
The satellite company has said that YahClick will be available in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Africa, Nigeria and Angola from August 2012. YahClick will be also operational across most of its coverage areas in 28 markets in South West Asia, Africa and Middle East, including the GCC by October.
"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 has appointed service partners in all its launch markets. The satellite company has been training its service partners for the past two years to ensure full YahClick readiness in their areas.
Service partners will manage the YahClick system centrally via an online operations system. This results in reduced infrastructure costs which are then passed down to the end user. The network as a whole will be managed from a NOC in Abu Dhabi which is fully backed up 24/7 with Hughes Network Systems.
Yahsat CEO, Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani explains: "The driving force behind the launch of YahClick is our vision and understanding of specific market needs and the desire to reach communities where there is a requirement to develop and deliver quality customised satellite broadband internet solutions. Working with Service Partners who are experts in their fields is an invaluable asset to the business."
According to Internet World Stats, Africa only has a 6.2% share of the world's internet users despite having 15% of the world's population. YahClick hopes to make a difference in situations like this.
"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. Today, broadband services are a necessity, providing much needed access to information, education, government services, and opportunities to trade and prosper. 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," added Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, Yahsat CEO.
YahClick is beamed through Yahsat's Y1B Satellite which was successfully launched in April 2012. 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.