Ibadan, 25 September 2023. – Yahsat Government Solutions (“YGS”), the Government services arm of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, has announced that the UAE Government granted the company Authorization to Proceed (“ATP”) to provide satellite capacity and manage services for 17 years. Furthermore, this mandate, with an AED 18.7 billion (USD 5.1 billion) value, combines related operations, maintenance, and technology management services of ground segment satellite systems and terminals currently provided under a separate contract.
In addition, the mandate will replace two current agreements, the Capacity Services Agreement (“CSA”) and the Managed Services Mandate (“MSM”), which come to an end in November and December 2026, respectively. Under the new mandate, Yahsat will provide the Government with secure and reliable satellite capacity and related managed services using the Al Yah 1 and Al Yah 2 satellites, currently in orbit, and supplement this with two new satellites, Al Yah 4 (“AY4”) and Al Yah 5 (“AY5”) which the company intends to launch in 2027 and 2028, respectively.
Commenting on this milestone, Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Chairman of Yahsat, said: “We are glad to secure the continued trust of the UAE Government to provide critical, secure communication services for a further 17 years beyond 2026. This award is a testament to our long-standing relationship with the Government and the quality of service that we provide as we continue to strive to consistently exceed customer expectations. By complementing our existing fleet with Al Yah 4 and Al Yah 5 next-generation satellites, we will be able to serve the Government with new cutting-edge solutions that are not currently possible. We are excited by this new journey and look forward to serving our customers with true operational excellence.”