Yahsat outlines regional growth plan

After launching its first satellite, Y1A in April, UAE satellite operator Yahsat is keen to meet with potential new customers and to generally raise awareness of its services at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.

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Yahsat outlines regional growth plan Yahsat launched Y1A in April 2011.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 11, 2011

After launching its first satellite, Y1A in April, UAE satellite operator Yahsat is keen to meet with potential new customers and to generally raise awareness of its services at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.

Shawkat Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer, Yahsat, points out that Yahsat has already launched services using Y1A, including broadcast and services for government applications. Part of the capacity on the satellite is also dedicated to offering data services in remote locations in Africa.

He adds that the C-band telecom connectivity solution, which offers the data capacity in Africa, has already been resupplied to “some prominent service providers” who offer solutions to the UN, among other end users. “Some blue chip companies are using it. A lot of the capacity is already being used,” Ahmed says.

Speaking about the data solution, Ahmed adds: “The network is quite fast because we have a powerful beam which offers unique coverage area so we connect all the major teleports, all the major offices of companies in Europe and the Middle East to Africa. It’s very cost-effective because you can use the same beam.”

Yahsat is now poised to launch its second satellite, 1B, which is due to be launched in the first quarter of 2012. Once 1B is launched and operational, Yahsat intends to introduce a bundled data service for Africa and Middle East, according to Ahmed.

“We will be the first company to offer bundled satellite broadband solutions with pricing and user-experience similar to DSL broadband services. With the launch of Y1B, Yahsat will be able to offer comprehensive broadcast and data services across 27 countries.

Ahmed says that the data solutions will be particularly important for countries in Africa and Central Asia where many rural areas lack any telecoms infrastructure. “Broadband penetration is less than 5% in many of these areas. It is difficult for telecom operators to invest in broadband infrastructure because of the return on investment and difficulties deploying infrastructure,” he says.

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