Africa is said to be a high-priority market for UAE-headquartered satellite communications services provider Yahsat and it certainly seems to be proving that with the recent announcement that it is providing internet services through its broadband offering YahClick in Cameroon.
YahClick already provides satellite broadband services to a number of consumer and enterprise markets in the Middle East, Africa, Brazil and Central and South West Asia.
The aim of the Yahsat service offering, introduced at West Africa Com in July this year, is to improve Cameroon’s broadband internet penetration rate and, in particular, to offer internet connectivity in places where services from mobile operators and fibre optic infrastructure do not reach or are limited.
It’s not alone, of course. Cameroon Telecommunications (CamTel) already has a deal with Belgian provider of VSAT services SatADSL to provide satellite broadband internet services. Other satellite internet players include Bloosat and GoSat.
But an added boost to Yahsat’s intentions in Africa came with the completion earlier this year of in-orbit testing of Yahsat’s third satellite, Al Yah 3. The satellite will expand Yahsat’s Ka-band coverage to 19 additional markets across Africa, covering 60% of the population. It also marks Yahsat’s first entry into Brazil, where 95% of the population will have access to its satellite broadband services.