Yahsat announces third satellite

by Staff Reporter | June 25th, 2014

Yahsat has announced plans to launch its third satellite in 2016, extending its commercial Ka-band coverage to an additional 17 countries and 600 million users.

This third satellite places Yahsat as the world’s eighth largest operator in terms of revenue and as a leader in innovative satellite solutions.

Homaid Al Shemmari, CEO of Aerospace and Engineering Services at Mubadala, said: “Yahsat is one of the UAE’s great success stories. With the launch of Al Yah 3, we are well positioned to reach our goal of becoming a global leader in the provision of advanced satellite services. The launch of the company’s third satellite within less than a decade of operation is a clear signal of the UAE aerospace industry’s intentions for the future.”

Al Yah 3 will create new career opportunities for UAE Nationals, through a new program developed for the Al Yah 3 project, which will allow a select group of students to follow the end-to-end satellite manufacturing process. The students will gain hands-on experience, securing their careers in the industry and building capabilities which benefit the broader UAE technology and aerospace sector.

Jassem Bu Ataba Al Zaabi, chairman of Yahsat’s board of directors, said: “The UAE is rapidly developing as a key player in the global satellite industry, becoming the region’s hub for satellite innovation. With the support of our leadership, customers, partners and suppliers, Yahsat is the leading regional operator for the deployment of government satellite communication programs, as well as pioneering innovative commercial platforms. The next goal is to make our value proposition a global one.”

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Yahsat’s CEO said: “Al Yah 3 marks another milestone for Yahsat, expanding our footprint to new markets and reinforcing our vision to be the global partner of choice for reliable, innovative and affordable satellite solutions. The success of both Y1A and Y1B in providing government, NGO, consumer and corporate services has given us the drive to explore new growth avenues.”

Al Yah 3 will extend the company’s commercial Ka-band coverage across the African continent and will for the first time cover South America. The service will provide wide reaching, reliable and cost effective satellite broadband and internet connectivity to unserved and under-served communities, consumers, enterprises and telecom operators.

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