South Sudanese firm SCOOPS up Yahsat deal

15 Aug 2013

United Arab Emirates-based satellite operator Yahsat has agreed a partnership agreement with a second South Sudanese operator for the launch of its ‘YahClick’ satellite broadband service in the newly independent country. HumanIPO reports that Yahsat has selected the South Sudan Cooperative (SCOOP) to expand the reach of its broadband services to more remote and underserved areas. ‘We strongly believe in the market demand for internet connectivity in a rapidly emerging market such as South Sudan,’ commented Shawkat Ahmed, CCO of Yahsat, adding: ‘It is very important for Yahsat to make its much needed YahClick service as widely available as possible in this market.’ Established in February 2012, SCOOP works on a not-for profit basis to train IT professionals with the aim of boosting and modernising the new country’s economy. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that local internet service provider (ISP) RCS-Communications already offers Yahsat’s services in South Sudan, following the signing of a partnership agreement last year. Yahsat is wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company, the investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi.