Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator, officially launched its broadband satellite service, YahClick, in Ghana Tuesday. The launch announcement came during a press conference held at the Marriot Accra Hotel, where Yahsat’s partnership with regional broadcast and Internet service providers Comsys and Teledata was also announced.
With the introduction of YahClick, Yahsat, along with Service Partners Comsys and Teledata, intend to provide Ghana with reliable, cost-effective, high-performance Internet that promises to usher in a new age of high-speed connectivity that enables economic and social progress.
Sub-Saharan Africa has suffered substantial economic losses in recent years due to frequent Internet breakdowns that directly affect fixed, wireless, and mobile Internet connectivity. Here in Ghana, reports suggest each communication disruption costs the country approximately $6.3m a day, with disruptions expected to total 22 days in 2018.
The addition of Yahsat’s technology to Ghana’s digital landscape is set to change this. Using the Ka-band powered by High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam technology, YahClick’s services will enable communities, businesses and the government to unlock their full potential and achieve the level of social and economic development the nation deserves. Key verticals expected to reap the benefits of YahClick include banking and finance, mining and oil and gas. In addition to supporting these key industries, the service is also expected to benefit government supported initiatives, especially in education and healthcare.
“The driving force behind the launch of YahClick in Ghana is our desire to serve the country’s specific connectivity needs and deliver high-performance, customized satellite broadband solutions to its businesses and communities,” commented Farhad Khan, Chief Commercial Officer, Yahsat.
“Today, YahClick has recognized as the leading satellite broadband service in Africa thanks to its reliability and coverage, alongside the local expertise and quality of customer service provided by our trusted service partners such as Comsys and Teledata here in Ghana.” Added Khan.
Both Comsys and Teledata are leaders in Ghana’s telecommunications sector, and possess a solid record of delivering innovative communication solutions to a wide range of industries, NGOs, government entities, and communities.
CEO Greg Eid of Teledata ICT added: “We believe that YahClick services will not only successfully meet our customers’ needs, but also open up new business opportunities across various industries. We look forward to working with YahClick to ensure that our customers in Ghana, access uninterrupted and high-speed-Internet that is critical to their growth.”
Comysy Ghana Business Development Manager, Kobi Ahon commented: “Our goal has always been to lead in innovative solutions to tomorrow’s communication challenges in Ghana. By introducing Yahclick’s game-changing technology to Ghana, we are able to reach the most remote locations with internet connectivity through best-in-class satellite broadband services”
Yahsat launched its flagship service, YahClick, in Africa in 2012. It was the first operator to introduce HTS Ka-band satellite broadband technology to the continent through Yahsat’s Al Yah 2 satellite. Following the successful launch earlier this year, and the recent commercial readiness of the company’s third satellite Al yah 3, YahClick’s footprint has extended to 19 additional markets in Africa, including Ghana.
The expansion is part of Yahsat’s commitment to deliver affordable, reliable and high-speed Internet connectivity to unserved and underserved parts of the world.
Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in addition to Central and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose Ka-band satellite services including:
YahClick – offers broadband satellite solutions for home and business
Yahsat Government Solutions – offers managed solutions and government capacity
YahLink – offers IP trunking solutions, corporate networking and backhauling capacity
Yahlive – a joint venture between Yahsat and SES, offers premium services to broadcasters and a select choice of TV channels
Yahsat’s first satellite Al Yah 1 was successfully launched in April 2011, and the company’s second satellite Al Yah 2 was successfully launched in April 2012. With its third satellite, Al Yah 3, launched on January 25th 2018, the commercial Ka-band coverage has extended to an additional 20 markets reaching 60% of Africa’s population and over 95% of Brazil’s population, marking the company’s first entry into Brazil.