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UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat has completed its joint venture agreement with Hughes to provide commercial Ka-band satellite broadband services across Africa, the Middle East and Southwest Asia.

YAHSAT AND HUGHES FINALISE JV 17 Dec 2018The venture, which was announced in September 2018, has obtained all necessary regulatory and other approvals. To be known as YahClick (powered by Hughes), the service will be available to customers immediately.

The two companies will continue to provide unserved and underserved communities with reliable, high-speed Internet services via Yahsat’s Al Yah 2 and Al Yah 3 Ka-band satellites, while utilising the capabilities of the Hughes’ innovative systems, designed and optimised for large scale High-Throughput Satellites.

“In finalisation of this joint venture with Hughes, we’re building upon the digital landscape of our target regions to empower and enable communities, governments and businesses in unserved and underserved communities to realise economic and social benefit from Yahsat’s high-performance satellite broadband services,” said Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO of Yahsat. “This is an important step in unlocking not only our potential, but the potential of those we serve by combining our respective leadership and global experience.”

Pradman Kaul, Hughes’ president and CEO added: “The commencement of the joint venture furthers Hughes commitment to bridging the global digital divide, bringing unserved and underserved communities everywhere the benefits of the connected experience. We are pleased to join with long time partner Yahsat in serving these important and growing markets”.

Yahsat, which is owned by the Mubadala Investment Company, said the venture would draw on its position as a leading provider of satellite broadband solutions in Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia and combine it with Hughes’ expertise as a global leader in broadband satellite networks and services.

The new company’s board of directors comprises three members from Yahsat and two members from Hughes; Masood M. Sharif Mahmood , CEO, CEO (Yahsat) will serve as the chairman of the board and Pradman Kaul, president and CEO (Hughes) will serve as a board director.