Yahsat wins right to operate satellite in Brazil
Yahsat awarded the rights to operate its Ka-band satellite, Al Yah 3, as a Brazilian operator for 2017
UAE-based satellite operator, Yahsat, has been awarded a license to operate its Ka-band satellite, Al Yah 3, by the National Telecommunications Agency, ANATEL, in Brazil.
Scheduled to launch in 2017, the Al Yah 3 will cover over 95% of Brazil's population across more than 5,000 municipalities, where it will offer high-speed, affordable broadband satellite Internet services as well as economic, high data rate backhaul links for ISPs and telecommunications operators.
"This is a moment of great pride for us, as Yahsat will be operating as a major provider for communications in Brazil. Our market entry has taken many years of planning from our headquarters in Abu Dhabi and we would like to thank the UAE government for their unwavering support of Yahsat's international expansion, said Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, chief executive officer at Yahsat.
He added: "Yahsat is the 7th largest satellite operator, in terms of revenue, and we have witnessed continued success through the delivery of our innovative satellite broadband products and services, from our home here in the UAE to several regions across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. We look forward to providing our services in Brazil to address the shortage of reliable internet connectivity."
Brazil is a key market for Yahsat's services, as it has one the highest levels of Internet consumption per user in the world, and a rapidly increasing demand for broadband and Internet services. However, Brazil faces the distinct challenge of being a vast country with a large and growing population across underserved and unserved areas.
Yahsat is now in possession of landing rights to operate as a local satellite provider in Brazil enabling them to provide up to 190 million of its population with the latest products and services.
The award follows Yahsat's success in an auction held by ANATEL in May 2015, where it was elected to use the license for Al Yah 3, positioned at the 20oW orbital slot.