Yahsat plans further expansion in Africa and Asia

The company says it is on track to launch its third satellite in Q4 2016, says CCO
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Abu Dhabi-based satellite communications company Yahsat is targeting new markets in Africa, Asia and the Middle East that have historically been underserved due to political unrest.

Chief commercial officer David Murphy told Arabian Business that, in many parts of the region, national servers have been down for a long time amid ongoing political instability.

In many countries, such as Yemen and Iraq, there is “virtually no connectivity”, presenting new potential opportunities for Yahsat.

“Unfortunately anywhere there is turbulence in the world demand picks up for our services, so we’ve seen huge demand for our services in Iraq and Yemen recently,” he said.

Speaking on the sidelines of a government conference in Abu Dhabi on Monday, Murphy added that the company was pressing ahead with ambitious expansion plans in Africa.

Yahsat is preparing to mobilise a third satellite by the fourth quarter of 2016, which would enable it to serve a further 600 million people with its YahClick broadband service, the company claimed at the time.

Murphy said there remain around 16 markets across Africa where Yahsat has no presence, including Zimbabwe, Congo, Zambia, Senegal and Ivory Coast, and the new satellite will help to boost coverage in these locations, as well as in Brazil – a new market for the company.

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