Hughes Network Systems has announced the completion of delivery, installation and commissioning of four broadband gateways and a network control centre for Yahsat. These installations will allow the satellite operator to expand services through the Midlle East as well as Africa.
Along with the baseband equipment, Hughes has shipped 10,000 VSAT terminals to YahClick partners that are based in 28 countries where the service is being implemented.
Since the initial deliveries are complete Hughes has begun the next phase of its agreement with Yahsat, which focuses on the operations and maintenance of the ground segment that powers YahClick.
Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, CEO, Yahsat said: "Hughes has been a significant asset to us throughout the process of implementing YahClick. We look forward to bringing satellite broadband Internet to consumers and businesses across the Middle East, South West Asia and Africa, who have previously had limited or no access to the Internet, providing them with reliable, wide reaching and high-speed Internet connectivity."
Bahram Pourmand, executive vice president, International Division at Hughes, said: "Realizing this critical milestone is a testament to the experience and excellent teamwork of Hughes and Yahsat people-evidencing the best in vendor-customer relations. We are excited to be playing a strategic role in the delivery of YahClick service throughout the region."
YahClick is a Ka-band service from Yahsat that will use the high-throughput capability of the Yahsat Y1B satellite and the Hughes HN System solution, to provide broadband Internet access and other applications to the Middle East, South West Asia and Africa region, where access to high-performance broadband Internet was previously severely limited.