Yahsat, IEC Telecom sign MoU, to explore more opportunities in Africa


Yahsat, a UAE-based satellite operator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with existing partner and leading global satellite communications provider, IEC Telecom for the exploration of more opportunities in Africa.

The agreement will see IEC Telecom explore ways for it to offer YahClick broadband products, services and value-added solutions to support the satellite operator’s increased coverage across Africa.

In a press release, Yahsat’s Chief Commercial Officer, David Murphy said, “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,” he added.

The signing of the MOU comes ahead of Yahsat taking delivery of its third satellite, Al Yah 3. The launch of Al Yah 3 in the first quarter 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.

IEC Telecom Group customers would benefit from the high-performance and excellent look angles for Africa offered by Al Yah 3. With the uplink based in Athens, and Luxembourg, customers would be able to land their traffic directly into Europe, Middle East and Africa, taking advantage of high-speed interconnection throughout these regions.

Further, Yahsat and IEC Telecom’s excellent standards of infrastructure and advanced data security gateway would ensure the highest levels of security for customers’ sensitive data.

“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, CEO of IEC Telecom Group.

He added, “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.”

YahSat provides multi-purpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across Africa, and several other continents. It is wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi.

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