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September 11, 2012

Hughes Powers UAE-Based Yahsat's YahClick Service

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

Hughes Network Systems (News - Alert), LLC – a provider of broadband satellite networks and services, recently completed the installation of gateways for the Abu Dhabi, UAE-based satellite operator Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC (Yahsat)’s 'YahClick' broadband service.

According to a press release, Hughes completed the delivery, installation, and commissioning of four broadband gateways and a network control center. In addition, Hughes has also shipped more than 10,000 VSAT terminals to YahClick service partners based in the 28 markets where it is currently being rolled out.

As a provider of multipurpose satellite solutions (commercial and government) for broadband, broadcast, military and communications use across the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia, Yahsat offers Ka-band satellite communications services including YahClick, YahService, and YahLink.

Yahsat’s YahClick is a Ka-band satellite broadband service offering connectivity to a wide range of industries, NGOs, government, education organizations and home users across urban, rural and remote communities.

Offering IP trunking solutions for telecommunication operators as well, the YahClick service leverages the high-throughput capability of the Yahsat Y1B satellite and the Hughes HN System solution to provide broadband Internet access and other applications to large and small enterprises, government agencies, and consumers.

With the completion of the baseband equipment deliverables, Hughes will enable Yahsat to expand YahClick service throughout the Middle East, South West Asia and Africa region, where access to high-performance broadband Internet was limited.

"Hughes has been a significant asset to us throughout the process of implementing YahClick," said Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, CEO for Yahsat, in a statement. "We look forward to bringing satellite broadband Internet to consumers and businesses across the Middle East, South West Asia and Africa, who have previously had limited or no access to the Internet, providing them with reliable, wide reaching and high-speed Internet connectivity."

"Realizing this critical milestone is a testament to the experience and excellent teamwork of Hughes and Yahsat people—evidencing the best in vendor-customer relations," said Bahram Pourmand, executive vice president, International Division at Hughes, in a statement. "We are excited to be playing a strategic role in the delivery of YahClick service throughout the region."

According to the release, Hughes now begins the operations and maintenance portion of its agreement with Yahsat as the initial deliveries are now complete. In this phase, Hughes will be responsible for the network operations for the ground segment that powers the YahClick service.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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