Yahsat, the UAE based satellite operator, today announced the successful trial of a 50Mbps in-flight connection that will change the way passengers experience air travel across the world. The result of a unique partnership between Yahsat, du, Etihad Airways Engineering, Hughes Network Systems and Carlisle Interconnect, the high-speed broadband offering will be available for airlines to offer its passengers within the next year.
Using Yahsat’s Al Yah 2 satellite, and the latest generation Ka-band technology, the test took place in Abu Dhabi, simulating the environment found on an Airbus A320 aircraft. This new level of performance for in-flight connectivity (IFC) will mean passengers have an in-flight browsing experience similar to the service available in their home or office, including access to HD streaming content, social media, online shopping and the ability to connect with friends and family via messaging apps.
Following this successful test, selected guests will be invited to experience the ultra- fast connectivity for themselves, onboard an Etihad Airways Flying Testbed Airbus A320 aircraft at the Dubai Airshow taking place from the 12th to 16th of November. Subsequently, Yahsat and its partners plan to execute the key next steps over the coming year to rollout the solution to commercial airliners across the Middle East, and beyond.
Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat said, “We are incredibly proud to have brought together leading Emirati and global companies to achieve this milestone. It paves the way for Yahsat to bring further breakthrough technologies to the markets and segments it serves, adding another key pillar to Yahsat’s portfolio of market leading services and solutions. We look forward to showcasing the technology at the Dubai Airshow, and ultimately transforming the in-flight connectivity experience for passengers”
Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator, and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), hosted the Student Lab award ceremony held on the 12th October at GITEX, to announce the top three winners. The first prize winner, announced on Thursday by Muna Almheiri, Yahsat’s Chief Human Capital Officer, is Sarthak Sethi, a young Indian student entrepreneur, who received a cash prize of AED 50,000 for winning the competition. Yahsat will provide the winner with an all expenses paid trip to Kourou in French Guiana, to attend the launch of Al Yah 3. The winning project was a revolutionary device called ThumbFi that aims to simplify control of various devices by literally bringing control to the fingertips. ThumbFi eliminates the need to use multiple remote controls to control lights, fans, TVs, cars, mobile phones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices, placing them conveniently into one simple app.
The second cash prize of AED 40,000 has been awarded to a young group of Emirati women, Nouf Fadel Alsaedi, Fatima Hareb Alneyadi, and Mouza Nasser Alahbabi, who created a smart robotic arm. The product is designed with the aim of assisting post-stroke patients with their recovery and to help enhance their ability to perform their usual daily activities.
Fatima Ahmed Alshaali, a young Emirati lady is the proud third winner, receiving a cash prize of AED 30,000 for designing and developing a one-of-a-kind iOS game. The Silent Fairy game is supported on both iPad and iPhone.
The Student Lab competition is designed to give an opportunity to students from UAE, and across the world, to present their innovative ICT solutions to a VIP expert panel. The purpose of the Student Lab is to recognise and promote innovation and creativity among students in the fields of communications technology, engineering, science and computing.
The committee has received over 65 submissions, from across the world, including the UAE, USA, Germany and India. In total, 24 projects were shortlisted by a committee comprising high-profile industry leaders, associations and partners and invited to present their projects to technology leaders and professionals at the Student Lab showcase area.
The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a research-driven graduate-level institution focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), have announced the launch of the Yahsat Space Laboratory at the Masdar Institute campus. Masdar Institute is a part of the newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology.
Launched by officials from Masdar Institute, Yahsat and Orbital ATK, the lab responds to the UAE leadership’s call to develop and advance technologies within the space sector and to make continuing strides toward the UAE’s advanced space ambitions.
The new lab has been designed to provide students and faculty of the Masdar Institute Master’s concentration in space systems and technology with the facilities required to construct, test and launch miniature satellite CubeSats. The high-tech and specialized research facilities within the lab will also support the development of intellectual capital required to advance the space and aerospace sectors. Additionally, the lab will serve as a platform for future research in space technologies, allowing the UAE Space Agency to work with the Institute and other partners on collaborative projects that facilitate the advancement of the local space sector.
Masood. M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer at Yahsat said: “We are deeply honored to be launching the Yahsat Space Laboratory at the Masdar Institute campus today, a facility that is dedicated for advanced research and enabling students to develop CubeSats. At Yahsat, we strongly believe that by complementing educational programs with state-of-the-art facilities for learning and development, we can provide best quality education to the youth, right here in the UAE. We would also like to thank Masdar Institute and Orbital ATK for their cooperation and support in making this laboratory a reality.”
Earlier today it was announced that Mr. Muhammad Amir Malik has been appointed as the new Managing Director at Clicksat (Pvt.) Ltd and will be taking charge of his new role by mid-November 2016.
Clicksat is involved in providing latest satellite broadband services and is keen to expand their operations all across Pakistan. Amir Malik will also be taking additional charge of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for REDtone Telecommunications Pakistan.
REDtone is in the process of joining a consortium of renowned international telecom companies to build and operate a submarine cable network. The Pakistan landing of the submarine cable will be owned and operated by REDtone.
Additionally, REDtone is aggressively launching Viptela’s secure technology that provides virtualisation of the Wide Area Network (WAN) allowing companies and banks to build carrier agnostic, policy-controlled and cost-effective environment.
This transition means that Amir will be leaving his role as Chief Executive Officer of COMSATS Internet Services (CIS), where he has had a successful run for 2 years. He has been able to secure major collaborations for CIS with leading organizations and successfully established the CIS Technology Park.
Previously, Amir served as Member IT at Ministry of Information Technology, Managing Director at Pakistan Software Export Board and Chief Executive Officer of Pak Datacom Limited, Pakistan. He has worked as Head of Regulatory Compliance at Ufone, PTML and at Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in the capacity of Director (ICT). His earlier work experience includes working with SAP AG, Air France, Schlumberger, and Alcatel CIT.
He has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering with Honors from National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Pakistan and a Masters in Computer Science and Telecommunication Engineering with Honors from ENSIMAG, INPG, France. He is also an alumni of Lawrence College, Murree.
With Amir Malik’s extensive insight into the Information and Communications Technology sector and Clicksats’ brand offerings, it can be expected to see new avenues of development and growth for the company.
Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), a private joint stock company fully owned by Mubadala, has appointed Farhad Khan as its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Farhad will assume the position and will be responsible for the overall customer operations, marketing and sales management activities of Yahsat.
Commenting on the executive appointment Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer said: ‘’After careful selection, we are pleased to have found the best individual for the job. Farhad has a proven record in the telecommunications industry combined with strong leadership skills and deep industry knowledge. I wish Farhad every success in his new role and have full confidence that with his leadership we will continue our growth trajectory.’’
Farhad Khan, newly appointed Chief Commercial Officer, Yahsat said: ‘’I am delighted to be joining Yahsat at such an exciting time. Yahsat’s achievements in less than five years of operations, with the launch of two satellites and serving many communities across the Middle East, Africa, Central and South West Asia, has been nothing short of remarkable. During this next critical growth phase I will concentrate on establishing new partnerships, work on the launch of Yahsat’s third satellite Al Yah 3 and drive the business as we enter more than 20 additional markets.’’
Farhad brings with him a wealth of experience in commercial and business turnaround strategy. He is a seasoned veteran in the telecommunications industry, having worked across Africa and Asia, bringing more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles to Yahsat. He has multi-functional experience across business development, marketing and strategic planning.
Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC (Yahsat), the UAE-based satellite operator which is fully owned by Mubadala, has appointed Mona Al Muhairi as Chief Human Capital Officer. Mona has more than 20 years of human capital experience and she has been promoted to the role having previously held the position of Executive Director – Human Capital at Yahsat since 2007. Currently Mona is in charge of performance management, career growth, team development and Emiratization, and is responsible for ensuring that the human capital initiatives support Yahsat’s overall strategic objectives.
Commenting on this latest executive appointment, Yahsat Chief Executive Officer, Masood M Sharif Mahmood said: “Mona has played a key role in developing what is Yahsat’s strongest asset – our human capital. Under her guidance and direction Yahsat has achieved an impressive workforce nationalisation with over 62% UAE Nationals.”
Currently Al Yah 3, Yahsat’s third satellite, is in the final production stage at the satellite manufacture Orbital ATK in the United States. As part of its building process, Yahsat has introduced a global program for the development of its engineers. The program allows a select group of Emirati engineers to participate in the end-to-end satellite manufacturing process to launch Al Yah 3. Furthermore, Yahsat, Masdar Institute and Orbital ATK have initiated a Masters programme in Space Systems and Engineering.
Mahmood added: “I wish Mona my congratulations on her new role that has been earned through dedication and hard work. We have confidence that her efforts will go from strength to strength in building our organisation by overseeing Yahsat’s human capital assets”
Part of Mona’s new responsibilities will be supporting Yahsat’s overall growth, forming the company’s strategic human capital objectives, creating and developing Emiratization initiatives plans, upgrading the human capital practices in addition to leading and planning the national capacity building operations. Furthermore, she will ensure preparedness for strong UAE national cadres, creating a work environment that promotes effective communication and productive cooperation. Ultimately a legacy will be developed that will positively contribute to the UAE’s future development, and establish a strong network of knowledge transfer.
Panasonic Avionics (Panasonic) and Yahsat today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore new ways to offer a broadband connectivity solution serving several mobility markets in the Middle East within the next three to five years.
In addition, while final terms are still being negotiated, the MOU allows both parties to further investigate the launch of a Yahsat satellite constellation that would serve Panasonic’s general mobility needs in aviation, maritime and terrestrial transportation, and also give Yahsat the ability to use Panasonic communication related technologies and services where practical.
Moving forward, Yahsat and Panasonic will assess the various technical requirements for such an offering. The companies will explore a wide range of factors including the type of frequency to be used, the coverage and capacity needed to serve flight routes in this region, the type of antenna and radome to be used, and the certification requirements of such a solution.
Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat said, "We are delighted to be working with global brand and market leader, Panasonic, to enable high-speed inflight connectivity, and we look forward to jointly setting new global benchmarks. Building on our substantial broadband satellite experience in our markets in the Middle East & Africa, and leveraging our experience in delivering advanced airborne solutions for our customers, this represents another significant milestone for Yahsat, which prides itself on bringing pioneering solutions to our region, and beyond. Furthermore, with these technological advancements, we move a step closer to the UAE’s Networked Readiness Index Vision by 2021 and position Yahsat at the forefront of one of the most coveted segments of satellite connectivity."
Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer for Panasonic Avionics said: “This is a unique opportunity for Panasonic and Yahsat to define a new state-of-the-art in satellite communications for routes across the Middle East. We believe that leveraging our combined vision for connectivity in the Middle East region will result in a truly unique experience for passengers in a wide range of vertical markets. We look forward to working with Yahsat to deliver a solution that keeps travellers entertained and productive everywhere they travel.”
UAE-based satellite operator, Yahsat, has been awarded a license to operate its upcoming Ka-band satellite, Al Yah 3, by the National Telecommunications Agency, ANATEL, in Brazil. The award of the license follows Yahsat’s success in an auction held by ANATEL in May 2015, offering satellite operators the option to bid for rights to operate a satellite, as a Brazilian operator, over Brazil. Upon winning the auction, Yahsat elected to use the license for Al Yah 3, positioned at the 20oW orbital slot.
Yahsat’s award of the operating license marks a significant milestone in materialising the company’s international expansion strategy. Al Yah 3 will cover over 95 per cent of Brazil’s population across more than 5,000 municipalities offering high-speed, affordable broadband satellite internet services as well as economic, high data rate backhaul links for ISPs and telecommunications operators.
Commenting on Yahsat’s growing geographic reach, Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Yahsat Chief Executive Officer said: “This is a moment of great pride for us, as Yahsat will be operating as a major provider for communications in Brazil. Our market entry has taken many years of planning from our headquarters in Abu Dhabi and we would like to thank the UAE government for their unwavering support of Yahsat’s international expansion.”
“Today, Yahsat is the 7th largest satellite operator, in terms of revenue, and we have witnessed continued success through the delivery of our innovative satellite broadband products and services, from our home here in the UAE to several regions across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. We look forward to providing our services in Brazil to address the shortage of reliable internet connectivity”.
Brazil is a key market for Yahsat’s services, having one of the highest levels of internet consumption per user in the world, and a rapidly increasing demand for broadband and internet services. However, Brazil faces the distinct challenge of being a vast country with a large and growing population across underserved and unserved areas. Yahsat’s experience across different geographies enables it to provide reliable connection without depending on terrestrial infrastructure.
Yahsat has made extensive progress on the ground in anticipation of commercialising its services in Brazil. An office has been established in Rio de Janeiro, which is staffed by a growing team of industry experts from Brazil. In addition, the country will be supported by major infrastructure, services and contracts. Yahsat is now in possession of landing rights to operate as a local satellite provider in Brazil enabling them to provide up to 190 million of its population with the latest products and services.
Yahsat’s third satellite, Al Yah 3, is scheduled for service launch in early 2017, extending the company’s commercial ka-band coverage to an additional 19 countries and 600 million users across Brazil and Africa.
The satellite broadband service of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the UAE-based, Mubadala Development Company owned, satellite operator, officially launched today at an event an Islamabad, Pakistan.
Customers across Pakistan will now be able to instantly connect to satellite broadband via a small satellite dish and modem, without the frustration of congested networks and anywhere in the country, including places where terrestrial infrastructure is currently not yet available.
Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer at Yahsat said, “Our consumer launch in Pakistan is a significant milestone for YahClick. Regulatory approval by the Pakistani authorities for consumer use, paves the way for us to continue our global growth strategy in this promising market.”
“The exceptional demand in the rural and underserved communities across Afghanistan and the whole of Africa has led to YahClick’s rapid growth to become the largest satellite internet provider in Africa and a dominant player in the Afghan market. We are confident that with this launch of our service in Pakistan, we will attract even more business and home users who are striving to for better connectivity and access to global online, social, cultural and knowledge communities,” continued Mr. Mahmood.
Now completing its soft launch phase, YahClick is already using state-of-the-art satellite technology to send and receive high-speed broadband internet signals in Pakistan, linking some of the country’s most important infrastructure, including over 154 ATMs, for many leading banks serving country’s most isolated locations, as well as connecting 1,600 students and supporting election offices in remote areas.
Mr. Mahmood went on to say, “YahClick will help Pakistan accelerate its economic growth and social development by improving access to information and reducing operational costs for internet access in the most remote and currently underserved areas. Giving businesses instantaneous access to global market intelligence, students the tools to reach information sources from anywhere and health care professionals the ability to connect with colleagues and experts are the important ways in which YahClick will improve the daily lives of people across Pakistan.”
YahClick is the broadband satellite internet service of Yahsat, a global satellite solutions provider. The YahClick active customer base recorded significant growth of more than 42% during 2014. To date, YahClick has acquired almost 34,000 subscribers for its satellite broadband service. The service has so far been rolled out across 13 countries out of its 28-country footprint, seven of which are in sub-Saharan Africa. YahClick provides essential connectivity to SMEs, SOHO, healthcare and education providers, entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, remote VIP sites, O&G, NGOs and connectivity deprived populations in disaster zones.