United Arab Emirates-based satellite operator Yahsat is gearing up for the launch of its ‘YahClick’ satellite broadband service to unserved and underserved locations and communities in South Sudan over the coming months. Yahsat selected local internet service provider (ISP) RCS-Communication as its service provider, based on its in-country experience, proven track record of delivering new and innovative services and a common focus to bring faster and more affordable internet connectivity to a wide range of users. ‘As the world’s youngest country, South Sudan is facing multiple infrastructure building priorities,’ commented Yahsat CEO Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, adding: ‘YahClick brings internet connectivity instantly to the population, irrespective of the state of the local telecommunications infrastructure that is within their reach. YahClick therefore fast tracks connectivity to this young country beyond what is humanly possible with the time and expense it takes to expand fixed or wireless internet solutions.’
Yahsat is wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company, the investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi. The firm’s first satellite Y1A was launched in April 2011, followed by a second, Y1B, in April 2012. Rollout of its YahClick offering began in July 2012, serving 28 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South West Asia with satellite broadband connectivity in urban, rural and remote areas.