Abu Dhabi’s Yahsat announces completion of orbit testing by its Al Yah 3 satellite

UAE:  Yahsat has announced successful completion of orbit testing by its third satellite Al Yah 3 . Yahsat says the satellite is now ready to support the launch of commercial services.

Yahsat is a satellite communications company wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, the Abu Dhabi Government’s strategic investment company.

According to the company, the satellite will expand Yahsat’s Ka-band coverage to 19 additional markets across Africa covering 60 percent of the population. This will also mark Yahsat’s first entry into Brazil.

The mission Al Yah 3 was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket by Arianespace on January 26 and its successful mission is the culmination of a project which has seen Al Yah 3 designed and built with Emirati engineers.

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.”

“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.

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