UAE’s Yahsat continues its rapid expansion in the African market with its announcement that it is rolling out its YahClick satellite broadband service in Zimbabwe as part of its long-term mission to increase Internet penetration in Africa and bridge the Digital Divide.
“We strongly believe that high speed, reliable broadband connectivity is one of the key facilitators of economic and social progress for African nations,” said Farhad Khan, chief commercial officer for Yahsat, telling GemNation that the company aims to continuously increase YahClick’s adoption across the continent.
“YahClick is ideally placed to bring the transformational benefits of reliable, always-on broadband within reach of all businesses and communities to help advance the country’s ICT sector. We are excited with the prospect of playing a role in empowering the country socially and economically and look forward to doing to so with our local service partner Dandemutande,” he said.
Never Ncube, chief executive of Dandemutande said the relationship with YahClick came at the opportune time for Zimbabwe’s business community.
“By introducing YahClick with its exceptional track record on the continent, [our subsidiary] Utande is playing its part in spreading dependable internet connectivity further across the country,” he said.
YahClick uses Ka-band, powered by High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam technology, to deliver high performance satellite broadband services via smaller dishes.
The Zimbabwe launch follows Yahsat’s successful roll-out of YahClick in Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, and Burundi, among other African countries, earlier this year.
The expansion is part of Yahsat’s commitment to deliver affordable, reliable and high-speed internet connectivity to unserved and undeserved parts of the world.
Yahsat is wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi.