Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), a private joint stock company fully owned by Mubadala, has appointed Farhad Khan as its chief commercial officer (CCO). Farhad will assume the position and will be responsible for the overall customer operations, marketing and sales management activities of Yahsat

Commenting on the executive appointment Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, chief executive officer said: "After careful selection, we are pleased to have found the best individual for the job. Farhad has a proven record in the telecommunications industry combined with strong leadership skills and deep industry knowledge. I wish Farhad every success in his new role and have full confidence that with his leadership we will continue our growth trajectory."

Farhad Khan, newly appointed chief commercial officer, Yahsat said: "I am delighted to be joining Yahsat at such an exciting time. Yahsat’s achievements in less than five years of operations, with the launch of two satellites and serving many communities across the Middle East, Africa, Central and South West Asia, has been nothing short of remarkable.  During this next critical growth phase I will concentrate on establishing new partnerships, work on the launch of Yahsat’s third satellite Al Yah 3 and drive the business as we enter more than 20 additional markets."

Farhad brings with him a wealth of experience in commercial and business turnaround strategy. He is a seasoned veteran in the telecommunications industry, having worked across Africa and Asia, bringing more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles to Yahsat. He has multi-functional experience across business development, marketing and strategic planning.

UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the possibility of new joint opportunities with existing partner, IEC Telecom Group (IEC Telecom) in Africa. The agreement comes ahead of Yahsat, taking delivery of its third satellite, Al Yah 3.

The launch of Al Yah 3 in Q1 of 2017 will see the entry of the company's satellite broadband product, YahClick, into 18 new African markets; almost tripling its existing presence across the continent covering 60% of Africa's population.

Commenting on the MoU, David Murphy, Yahsat's chief commercial officer, said: "We are pleased to be in discussions with IEC Telecom on developing our current relationship and strengthening our presence in Africa. We will look at potential ways to build on our long and valued history with IEC Telecom, which dates back to the pre-launch of our second satellite, Y1B in 2012. We look forward to sharing the same success we have garnered across our existing African countries."

Murphy added: "With investment, trade and industry set to continue to grow in Africa, having access to the internet and the potential for reliable, broadband connectivity via satellite is high. Building on our existing partnership would ensure YahClick delivers on its promise to have an unmatched service area and provides constant connectivity to aid the socio-economic development of the region."

IEC Telecom is one of the world's leading mobile and fixed satellite communications service providers and the MoU will explore ways for it to offer YahClick broadband products, services and value-added solutions to support the satellite operator's increased coverage across Africa.

IEC Telecom Group Customers would benefit from the high-performance and excellent look angles for Africa offered by Al Yah 3. With the uplink based in Athens, and Luxembourg, customers would be able to land their traffic directly into Europe, Middle East and Africa, taking advantage of high-speed interconnection throughout these regions. Further, Yahsat and IEC Telecom's excellent standards of infrastructure and advanced data security gateway would ensure the highest levels of security for customers' sensitive data.

Yahsat announced the successful completion of the Critical Design Review (CDR) of its latest satellite Al Yah 3.

Yahsat senior management joined the Yahsat team of engineers embedded at the Orbital ATK facilities, in Virginia, USA along with its partner Orbital ATK for this critical moment that represented the final stage before assembling all components of the satellite together.

The CDR is conducted during the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase, and completion of this indicates that all specifications and requirements have been captured into the overall final design of the satellite.

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer at Yahsat said: "Today's successful CDR makes it clear that we are on track for an on schedule launch. It also serves as a greater proof point of the continued success of our vision for Yahsat. Our third satellite will fuel growth in our business, and significantly expand our coverage area to be a truly global company; all this is in direct response to exceptional customer demand."

"The successful completion of the Al Yah 3 CDR is an important milestone for the program and for Orbital ATK's GEOStar 3 platform which includes capabilities to support payload powers up to 7.5kW, advanced avionics and electric propulsion. We look forward to continuing a close working relationship with Yahsat as we move on to the manufacturing and test phase of the program," said Al Lewis, Vice President of Program Management for Orbital ATK's Commercial Satellite Division.

Once the new satellite is operational, Yahsat's Ka-band coverage footprint will be significantly expanded, bringing high-speed, affordable satellite broadband services to the Brazilian and African consumer and enterprise markets, as well as economic, high data-rate backhaul links for ISPs and telecommunications operators. 

Yahsat, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator, today announced that it has signed an agreement with new service partner Clicksat to distribute its internet broadband service, YahClick, to users across Pakistan. The partnership signing follows the official YahClick Pakistan launch on Monday 29th June.

Users will now be able to instantly connect to satellite broadband anywhere in the country using a compact satellite dish and modem, without the frustration of congested networks, including areas where terrestrial infrastructure is currently not available.

YahClick's broadband service will be delivered by Clicksat offering in country technical, operational and customer care.

Clicksat, a Marketing Company of REDtone Pakistan, is one of the fastest growing satellite solution companies in Southern Asia, deploying over 300 VSATs in last year. Its services ensure seamless integration and stable solutions to offer the best possible service to the customer. Located in four major cities of Pakistan - Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan - Clicksat is able to serve any part of the country with faster turnaround times.

David Murphy, Chief Commercial Officer, Yahsat said: "YahClick has already enjoyed great success across the Middle East, Africa Central and South West Asia, with notable installations in banking, education and public services, and with the ever growing demand for widespread access to reliable broadband internet, we are delighted to partner with Clicksat to extend our reach and enjoy similar successes in Pakistan".

He further commented: "Clicksat bring critical knowledge of the market and customer requirements, so their expertise coupled with the flexibility, reliability and ease of installation that YahClick offers, is a powerful combination to roll out this new service."

Nadeem Younes, Chief Executive Officer, Clicksat said: "In the past, satellite broadband internet connection was regarded as a luxury for the tech savvy people, however it is now critical technology for anyone requiring fast and reliable broadband services. Economic growth in rural communities is being hampered because there is little or poor access to the internet, and YahClick addresses these issues by being a cost effective, and versatile product that suits consumers, SMEs and corporations requiring reliable, fast internet access in untapped and underserved areas of Pakistan. We are delighted to be Yahsat's partner in bringing internet access to everyone in our country who needs it."

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