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Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (Yahsat), the UAE’s flagship satellite solutions provider, has announced that its data solutions subsidiary YahClick has signed a partnership with iSat Africa Ltd FZC to expand its enterprise solutions business in Nigeria, Zambia, the DRC and East Africa 

The new partnership will support iSAT Africa, a Pan-African network operator present in 12 markets, to deliver connectivity solutions for Mobile Cellular Backhaul (CBH) services, business applications, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, as well as provide connectivity to remote sites, including mines.

The connectivity solutions will be provided over YahClick’s high-throughput satellite (HTS) Ka-band capacity to deliver high-speed broadband solutions, with service plans of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps), reaching and serving remote locations.  

Farhad Khan, CEO of YahClick, commented, “This partnership with iSAT Africa is another step in our plans for further growth and expansion across Africa. With our existing strong presence in these countries, our partnership with iSAT Africa will enhance our reach into the unserved and underserved markets. We look forward to enabling greater connectivity for people and businesses across Africa during the upcoming months.” 

This partnership further highlights Yahsat’s commitment to offering rich solutions where capacity and connectivity is a key enabler. Revenues from fixed satellite data services in Africa are expected to grow at an average rate of 15.8% per year between 2020 and 2029. Linking with iSat Africa also spotlights the massive opportunity the growth of HTS capacity will have on the sub-Saharan African market, especially when it comes to unlocking high demand flexibility in applications like Backhaul or Community WiFi.  

Rakesh Kukreja, managing director of iSAT Africa, added, “Rural cellular backhaul will enhance the connectivity proposition for the major Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in these countries, thus bringing connectivity to the unconnected, and bridging the digital divide in Africa. 

“While embracing the new norm post Covid era, our connectivity solutions will allow for inter-branch office connectivity and communications, data gathering, redundancy and disaster recovery solutions for our customers in Nigeria, the DRC, East Africa and Zambia. The referenced solutions and other vital tasks will now become easier, effective and reliable thanks to this partnership.”

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