Yahsat, Tele10 to collaborate on satellite broadband plan; Facebook plots sub-Saharan push

12 May 2016

UAE-based satellite broadband operator Yahsat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with African broadcaster Tele10 Group, to discuss possible collaborations for improving internet connectivity in Rwanda, Burundi and the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The MoU comes ahead of Yahsat taking delivery of its third satellite, Al Yah 3, which will lead to the rollout of YahClick – the company’s satellite broadband service – to 19 new African markets during the first half of 2017. David Murphy, Yahsat’s chief commercial officer, commented: ‘At Yahsat, we are dedicated to serving underserved and remote areas by providing better connectivity to new and existing internet users. To further our commitment to the region, we have entered an MoU with Tele10 to discuss the provision of high speed connectivity to three of Africa’s fast-emerging markets, Rwanda, Burundi and East Democratic Republic of the Congo’.

In other satellite-centric news, Eutelsat Communications and Facebook have selected Hughes Network Systems to supply its Jupiter System as the technology platform for the satellite broadband services that the two companies are preparing to launch in sub-Saharan Africa. With high-gain Ka-band spot beam capacity provided by Spacecom’s AMOS-6 satellite, Eutelsat and Facebook have noted that they are assembling a dedicated infrastructure that will extend cost-effective broadband to areas beyond reach of fixed and mobile terrestrial networks. The AMOS-6 satellite is due to enter service in early 2017.