Yahsat, the UAE-based global satellite operator plans to expand to five new markets in West Africa before the end of 2018, as it continues its continent-wide expansion. The service will be available in Senegal and Gambia through service partner Arc Telecom, in Ivory Coast through CEE-NET, Isocel in The Benin, and through both Teledata and Comsys in Ghana.
“Africa is a high-priority market for us, and with the commercial readiness of our third satellite Al Yah 3 we are now able to offer our broadband connectivity solutions to even more markets across the continent,” said Farhad Khan, Chief Commercial Officer at Yahsat.
Yahsat was the first to introduce Ka-Band satellite technology to Africa through YahClick in 2012. The continent’s number one satellite broadband service has already proven to be an enabler of socio-economic development across Africa and other parts of the world where it is already present, providing connectivity to remote schools and clinics, connecting rural public libraries, as well as assisting government and non-government employees during their field work. YahClick has also been a great success in supporting businesses, small and big, to sustain and further grow their operations through its reliability and high quality of service.
Yahsat is based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and is wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi.
As at December 31, 2017, internet users in Africa had grown to 453,329,534 people, from just a little over 4.5 million people in 2000. Internet providers like YahClick are expected to ensure this growth continues.