UAE's Yahsat says Al Yah 3 satellite ready for commercial ops

Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator says Al Yah 3 will expand internet coverage across Africa and Brazil

United Arab Emirates, May 31, 2018

Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator Yahsat has announced that its third satellite Al Yah 3 has successfully completed its in-orbit testing, and is ready to support the launch of commercial services.

The satellite will expand Yahsat’s Ka-band coverage to 19 additional markets across Africa covering 60 percent of the population and marks Yahsat’s first entry into Brazil, the company said in a statement.

Masood M Sharif Mahmood, CEO at Yahsat, said: “Access to the internet is a key facilitator of social and economic progress. Today, broadband connectivity is playing an important role in creating new opportunities and in accelerating innovation.

'We are excited by the opportunity Al Yah 3 brings in our ability to deliver reliable and affordable satellite broadband services to parts of the world that need it the most, building upon our previous achievements as pioneers of such services across Africa, the Middle East and south-west Asia.”

The successful mission is the culmination of a project which has seen Al Yah 3 designed and built with Emirati engineers.

“It has been an incredible journey for us and a very proud moment for both Yahsat and for the UAE. Our engineers have been heavily involved in managing all aspects of the project, including design, development and launch. We are now focusing on the commercial launch of our services using Al Yah 3 over the coming weeks,” Mahmood added.

Al Yah 3 was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket by Arianespace on January 26.

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