UAE's Yahsat plans South Sudan satellite broadband
YahClick service to bring Internet connectivity to world’s youngest country
Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator, Yahsat, is gearing up to launch its YahClick satellite broadband service in South Sudan in the coming months.
The service is set to provide broadband internet services to “unserved and underserved” locations and communities across the country. Yahsat selected local ISP, RCS-Communication, as its service partner for South Sudan.
Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, CEO, Yahsat, said that the Yahclick service would help expand broadband in South Sudan far quicker than would be possible with fixed-line of terrestrial mobile network deployments.
“As the world’s youngest country, South Sudan is facing multiple infrastructure building priorities. YahClick brings Internet connectivity instantly to the population, irrespective of the state of the local telecommunications infrastructure that is within their reach," he said.
Flippie Odendal, RCS-Communication’s MD for South Sudan, said: “Based on anticipated growth we will be adding and training VSAT technicians and support staff, with a focus on South Sudanese candidates, to our existing team. Parallel to this process we will be running extensive tests of the new service and processes over the next months to ensure all aspects are working well before the service is made available to clients.”
Yahsat’s first satellite, Y1A, was launched in April 2011 and its second satellite Y1B was launched in April 2012.
YahClick began rollout in July 2012, serving 28 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Central and South West Asia with satellite broadband connectivity.