Yahsat brings satellite broadband to the UAE

Service will offer backup, help connect companies in remote areas

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Yahsat brings satellite broadband to the UAE (For illustrative purposes only) YahClick, which can deliver broadband speeds of up to 14 Mbps, will be distributed in the UAE by SkyStream. (Shutterstock)
By  Roger Field Published  July 2, 2013

Abu-Dhabi based satellite operator, Yahsat, has launched its YahClick satellite broadband Internet service in the UAE.

YahClick, which can deliver broadband speeds of up to 14 Mbps, will be distributed in the UAE by SkyStream, a member of the Atlas Telecom Group and Safa Telecom, a member of the IEC Telecom Group.

Prices for the service will start at about AED600 ($163) a month.

The service, which is already available 10 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Central and South-West Asia region, is mainly aimed at businesses in sectors such as oil and gas, agriculture and construction, and for organisations and people in remote areas. The service is also offered as a back-up Internet connection to mitigate against outages.

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, deputy CEO Yahsat, said that YahClick is designed to complement the offering from established UAE telecoms to ensure reliable broadband Internet in all parts of the country.

Shawkat Ahmed, chief commercial officer, Yahsat, added that YahClick Insure, which is designed to prevent business and enterprise users from losing connectivity, holds particularly strong potential in the UAE.

"This allows businesses to minimise potential loss of revenue or productivity risks caused by terrestrial Internet outages, including those resulting from undersea fibre cable cuts," he said.

"Today's global economy is powered by connectivity and it is important for business and government entities to minimise any risk associated with Internet down time. YahClick Insure...mitigate[s] such risks and is designed to provide customers with a ‘peace of mind' service at a minimum fee."

In the next few months SkyStream and Safa Telecom will announce various subscription plans, according to Yahsat.

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