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Yahsat Partners with BLUETOWN to Connect the Unconnected Across YahClick’s Footprint

Monday, December 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Dana Najmowski
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The agreement, signed at AfricaCom 2017, aims to provide high performance Ka-band satellite Internet services in unserved or underserved locations.

Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today with the Danish technology and Internet Service Provider company BLUETOWN at AfricaCom 2017. The partnership agreement aims to connect the unconnected by providing high performance Ka-band satellite Internet services combined with BLUETOWN’s unique last mile solutions in unserved or underserved locations.

Both companies will join forces to offer an innovative, reliable and sustainable solution that will overcome the challenging and harsh terrain conditions present in the most remote areas of Africa. The combination of the partners’ technologies will support the distribution of Yahsat Internet satellite services to a substantial number of users within communities utilizing BLUETOWN’s last mile solution. BLUETOWN solutions vary from single village installations and refugee camps to solutions with up to 200 Wi-Fi hotspots in a 15 km radius. All solutions are 100% powered by solar energy with rechargeable batteries as a back-up, which provides 24/7 access to the Internet. The Wi-Fi hotspots will be backhauled by YahClick, the high-performance satellite broadband service provided by Yahsat, making it possible for people to browse the Internet, keep in touch, or participate in e-learning, e-health and e-government programs using any smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Commenting on the partnership, Farhad Khan, Yahsat’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “We look forward to working hand-in-hand with BLUETOWN to bring universal access to information through a combination of satellite connectivity and Wi-Fi services. By joining forces, we will be able to offer a sustainable Internet solution for unserved or underserved communities, which is cost effective, easy to use and reliable.”

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