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Internet from the sky: Yahsat to be an alternative in the UAE broadband market

The satellite operator Yahsat will offer its broadband internet service, "Yah Click", via its second satellite in the first quarter of 2013, its chief executive said.

A Proton-M carrier rocket with the Yahsat 1B telecommunications satellite aboard, blasts off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome in April. AFP
A Proton-M carrier rocket with the Yahsat 1B telecommunications satellite aboard, blasts off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome in April. AFP

UAE internet users will be able to choose a new alternative to Etisalat and du within the next three months: internet from the sky.

The satellite operator Yahsat will offer its broadband internet service, "Yah Click", via its second satellite in the first quarter of 2013, its chief executive said.

Tareq Al Hosani told The National's sister paper, Al Ittihad, that Yahsat had started testing Yah Click with remarkable success.

It has signed contracts with two independent providers, Sky-Stream and SAFA Telecom, to provide the service.

"The company's business and services will complement the services of Etisalat and du," he said.

Besides covering remote areas like oilfields and isolated regions, Yah Click will act as back-up in the event of a service interruption in the terrestrial fibre optic network.

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