x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Two clients take up half of Yahsat's corporate capacity

Half of Yahsat's corporate-telecommunications capacity has already been allocated.

Yahsat's commercial services are due to begin next month, and the satellite operator says half of its corporate-telecommunications capacity has already been allocated.

After the launch of its first satellite last month, Yahsat has started issuing commands to the satellite from its control station in Abu Dhabi.

"There will be a few weeks of testing and then we will commence our commercial operations," said Shawkat Ahmed, the chief commercial officer at Yahsat. After its launch, the Y1A satellite will beam television signals and provide other telecoms services to countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Yahsat already has commercial deals in place, as well as a 15-year agreement with the UAE Armed Forces to provide an "integrated satellite communications network and control centre".

Two key clients will account for more than half the satellite's capacity. They are the US company Emerging Markets Communications, which will use the satellite to provide service in Africa, and the energy services company Schlumberger, which would use Yahsat's satellite to connect to its offshore operations.

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