Yahsat hires Hughes for broadband support
UAE satellite operator inks $27m deal for broadband expertise
UAE satellite operator Yahsat, which is preparing for the launch of its first satellite on March 30, has hired US-based satellite broadband specialist, Hughes Networks Systems, to provide it with the networking and operational systems required to launch broadband services.
Under the deal, which is worth at least $27 million, Hughes will supply its Ka-Band satellite networking system and operational support system to Yahsat.
Hughes' services will allow Yahsat to launch its ‘YahClick' satellite broadband services in Middle East, Africa, and Southwest Asia, on its second satellite, Yahsat Y1B, which is due to be launched in the second half of 2011.
Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO, Yahsat, said that the partnership with Hughes would help Yahsat in "fast-tracking the rapid rollout" of its YahClick service in 27 countries in 2012.
"YahClick will bring the internet to millions of underserved and unserved people and organisations at costs comparable to terrestrial services," Al Zaabi added.
Yahsat, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the UAE's Mubadala Development Company, will provide multi-purpose satellite communications services to commercial and governmental clients in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South-West Asia.
Yahsat has partnered with a consortium composed of EADS Astrium, Thales and Alenia Space to build its multi-purpose satellite communications system. Yahsat's first satellite Y1A is due to be launch on March 30, and a second satellite, Y1B will follow in the second half of 2011.