Yahsat, a UAE-based satellite operator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IEC Telecom Group to explore satellite communication opportunities in Africa.
The agreement comes ahead of Yahsat taking delivery of its third satellite, Al Yah 3 to be launched by first quarter of 2017.
Yahsat says this will see the entry of the company’s satellite broadband product, YahClick, into 18 new African markets that will almost triple its presence across the continent covering 60% of Africa’s population.
Commenting on the MoU, David Murphy, Yahsat’s Chief Commercial Officer, says the satellite company will look at “potential ways to build on our long and valued history with IEC Telecom, which dates back to the pre-launch of our second satellite, Y1B in 2012. We look forward to sharing the same success we have garnered across our existing African countries.”
According to him, “with investment, trade and industry set to continue to grow in Africa, having access to the internet and the potential for reliable, broadband connectivity via satellite is high. Building on our existing partnership would ensure YahClick delivers on its promise to have an unmatched service area and provides constant connectivity to aid the socio-economic development of the region.”
IEC Telecom is one of the world’s leading mobile and fixed satellite communications service providers and the MoU will explore ways for it to offer YahClick broadband products, services and value-added solutions to support the satellite operator’s increased coverage across Africa.
“The possibility to add 18 additional markets, which Al Yah 3 will cover, would enhance and strengthen the IEC Telecom Group portfolio in the professional Ka-band VSAT marketplace,” said Erwan Emilian, IEC Telecom Group’s CEO says.