Yahsat, an UAE-based satellite operator (www.Yahsat.ae) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the possibility of new joint opportunities with existing partner, IEC Telecom Group (IEC Telecom) in Africa.
The agreement comes ahead of Yahsat taking delivery of its third satellite, Al Yah 3.
The launch of Al Yah 3 in Q1 of 2017 will see the entry of the company’s satellite broadband product, YahClick, into 18 new African markets; almost tripling its existing presence across the continent covering 60% of Africa’s population.
“We are pleased to be in discussions with IEC Telecom on developing our current relationship and strengthening our presence in Africa. We 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,” says David Murphy, Yahsat Chief Commercial Officer.
“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,” adds Murphy.
IEC Telecom is a mobile and fixed satellite communications service provider and the MoU will explore ways for it to offer YahClick broadband products, services and value-added solutions can 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,” says Erwan Emilian, IEC Telecom Group Chief Executive Offivcer.
“With Yahsat, we would be able to continue meeting our goal of providing our Enterprise, Government, Humanitarian, O&G, Mining, Education and Health African customers, with enhanced Ka-band HTS connectivity backed by an unmatched network reliability and consolidated by our added-value services.”