YAHSAT’S AFRICA EXPANSION ON TRACK AS NEW PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED

Abu Dhabi, 17 November 2015:– UAE-based satellite operator, Yahsat, announced the award of a major contract to Hughes Network Services, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, to deliver its JUPITER TM System and related network operations services in support of its expansion across Africa in 2017. This partnership reflects Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision to provide the region with innovative satellite communications solutions that help grow the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector and develop employment opportunities.

The multi-year contract calls for Hughes to supply its award-winning JUPITER System gateways and broadband terminals together with its Operating Support System (OSS) and Business Support System (BSS) solutions as turnkey outsourced managed services.

With the launch of Al Yah 3, the new Ka-band satellite scheduled for service launch in 2017, and associated ground infrastructure, Yahsat will expand its footprint in the region. Al Yah 3 is Yahsat’s third satellite and launches within less than a decade of operation. This new addition will bring additional connectivity into 18 African countries for consumers, SOHO and enterprise segments, underpinning the UAE space and satellite industry’s aggressive growth intentions.

Commenting on the new contract, David Murphy, Yahsat Chief Commercial Officer, said: “This new partnership signifies a major milestone for the successful roll-out of services from Al Yah 3. It’s a great example of a UAE organisation, using home-grown talent, to serve businesses and consumers in countries around the world.

“We have been operating across Africa since 2012; today we are the market leader with established service partners in nine countries. The contract with Hughes further expands our growth plans enabling next-generation broadband services across the continent.”

“Our long term relationship with Hughes Network Systems will allow Yahsat to better address evolving market requirements in Africa, from broadband access to mobile backhaul for telcos and ISPs.”
“Moreover, as the new Ka-band coverage becomes live, the Jupiter platform will ensure consistency and smooth transition across the respective countries.”

Hughes’ Bahram Pourmand, Hughes Executive Vice President, International said: “Yahsat’s decision to expand our relationship is a testament to the high quality of both Hughes technology and outsourced network operations.

“Our JUPITER System has proven to be the platform of choice globally to power high-throughput satellite services and we are confident that it will further strengthen Yahsat’s market-leading presence in the region across the African service footprint of Al Yah 3.”

Al Yah 3 will extend the company’s commercial Ka-band coverage to 60% of Africa’s population. This procurement of the Jupiter platform is in preparation for the new satellite and is in line with Yahsat’s strategy to widen and deepen its reach and continuously enhance its product offerings
Commenting on this, Murphy said: “The right partnerships are fundamental to our expansions. As we diligently work with Hughes to enable the Jupiter OSS / BSS system, working with the right service providers across the continent is also key. This will ensure tried-and-tested solutions as well as local on-ground knowledge throughout the growth of services.”

Al Yah 3, with support from Hughes, will strengthen Yahsat’s position as the world’s eighth largest operator in terms of revenue as the satellite company’s coverage will be extended to wider parts of Africa.

Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) Signs Strategic Agreement with Yahsat

Abu Dhabi, 10 November 2016:Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), a major producer of oil and gas from the offshore areas of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has signed a contract with Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the UAE based satellite operator, to provide enterprise grade network connectivity to its rigs through Yahsat 1A satellite, UAE national satellite.

The multi-million dirham agreement covers connectivity between a number of offshore rigs and ADMA-OPCO headquarters with a plan for future expansion to include additional rigs. The communication link will be used by ADMA-OPCO for their day-to-day communications and operations.

The contract was signed by ADMA-OPCO Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ali. R. Al Jarwan and Yahsat Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Masood Sharif Mahmood in Abu Dhabi.

Commenting on the partnership agreement, Mr. Alaeddin AL-Badawna, Manager Information Technology of ADMA-OPCO, said: “It’s indeed a major milestone in ADMA-OPCO initiatives to digital transformation and enhancing its users experience working offshore at the rigs and achieving both technical and operational excellence at its oil fields.

Mr. Ali Al Hashmi, General Manager, YahService, said: “We are proud to be working with ADMA-OPCO and our partnership addresses their requirement for seamless offshore communications in the vital oil and gas sector. We design services that provide reliable, innovative, secure and dedicated high-speed connectivity across our footprint. Yahsat, being based in Abu Dhabi, is well positioned to provide a fast response and excellent after-sales support, as we understand ADMA-OPCO’s needs for high availability connection for their day-to-day operations.”

Mr. Al Hashmi continued: “Our Yahsat 1A satellite’s ability to provide large capacity for a variety of essential business activities will provide enhanced communications solutions across ADMA-OPCO’s rig fleet. It will play a crucial role in their daily rig-to-shore operations and future growth plans.”

YahService offers end-to-end managed solutions to customers from both governmental and commercial sectors covering land, air and maritime platforms bringing together product capabilities and expertise using satellite capacity from Yahsat and different satellite operators. Yahsat’s expertise extends across the globe to embassies, rural communities, border control services, oil and gas companies, the health sector, banks as well as emergencies and disaster relief.

YAHSAT TO TEST INFLIGHT CONNECTIVITY ON AN ETIHAD AIRWAYS’ AIRBUS A320 AIRCRAFT

Dubai 9th November, 2015:– Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator, has announced its plan to test high speed inflight satellite connectivity using an Etihad Airways’ Airbus A320.

The collaboration will allow both UAE companies to work together to trial inflight high-speed satellite connectivity via Ka-band on a test aircraft. Yahsat’s Ka-band capacity provides higher speeds and cheaper rates compared to legacy inflight connectivity systems based on Ku-band.

As airlines continue to explore ways to enhance the passenger experience, high-speed inflight connectivity is increasingly becoming a critical differentiator. With Ka-band solutions, speeds of up to 50 mbps to the plane are commonplace, allowing passengers to have the necessary bandwidth to stream video and enable applications such as video conferencing.

Masood Sharif Mahmood, Yahsat Chief Executive Officer said: “The testing of the new satellite connectivity is a key step for Yahsat, as it signifies the beginning of our journey towards expanding into a growing global market segment (In-Flight Connectivity). We are delighted to be working with one of the UAE’s major success stories, Etihad Airways. It is testament to our strategy to collaborate with leading local industry to deliver innovative, secure, reliable and cost effective satellite communications solutions.”

Jeff Wilkinson, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President Technical, said: “With testing and validation of Yahsat’s new connectivity system on-board one of our Airbus A320s, we offer unparalleled possibilities to capitalise on our relationship with Yahsat. We are excited to welcome Yahsat on board, to test the future of high speed inflight satellite connectivity with them.”

Yahsat is currently participating at Dubai Airshow until 12th November, 2015.