JUBA, South Sudan August 14, 2013/ — Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Yahsat, the Abu Dhabi based satellite operator has further expanded the availability of its flagship satellite broadband Internet service in the Republic of South Sudan through its new partnership with SSCOOP SS Cooperative “SCOOP”. The high speed internet service via satellite will be available through SCOOP to businesses, government, communities, and home users, increasing access to instant high speed and reliable Internet connectivity in this young nation.
South Sudan SCOOP will join Yahsat’s current and existing service provider in South Sudan RCS to further enhance Yahsat’s presence and outreach in South Sudan.
Commenting on the appointment of SCOOP as a service partner for YahClick in South Sudan, Shawkat Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer of Yahsat, said: “We strongly believe in the market demand for affordable internet connectivity in a rapidly emerging market such as South Sudan. It is very important for Yahsat to make its much needed YahClick service as widely available as possible in this market. As a partner for YahClick, SCOOP will provide set-up and maintenance services for businesses and home users, contributing to building the nation’s digital economy.”
Commenting on the partnership, David Alan Cubbin, Chief Executive Officer of SCOOP, South Sudan said: “YahClick will provide connectivity to South Sudan, including remote areas which have been affected by the recent internal conflicts and the poor economic situation, leaving parts of the Republic without any internet connection at all. YahClick is definitely a key solution to the current demand for reliable and affordable Internet connection in the Republic. Residents of South Sudan can now enjoy reliable, high speed and affordable internet without having to wait for terrestrial telecommunications infrastructure to be installed in their location.”
Already enjoyed by consumers and enterprises in more than 10 countries including Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Africa, Angola, and East Africa, YahClick will be made available in other countries in the Middle East, Africa, Central and South West Asia, providing much needed satellite broadband connectivity in urban, rural and remote areas.
YahClick is beamed via Y1B, Yahsat’s second satellite that is the first Ka band service for Africa. The introduction of Ka band allows higher bandwidth communication by providing a 2-3 GHz increase in bandwidth, double the bandwidth available in Ku band and five times more than C band.
Established in February 2012, SCOOP was created to operate within South Sudan on a not-for-profit basis with the aim of hiring, training, mentoring and improving the information technology skills of local staff. This comes as an incentive to nurture and boost the South Sudanese economy and diversify away from its wholesale reliance on primary industries for jobs and wealth creation.
About SSCOOP (SS Cooperative) “SCOOP”
SSCOOP stands for “South Sudan Cooperative”. It is a fully licensed and regulated supplier of VSAT Internet solutions, and comprises a group of young, experienced, dynamic professionals who are keen to make real and lasting changes to the lives of people in South Sudan by:
• employing (South) Sudanese nationals and training them up to be the kind of professionals who could do their job to a high standard in any country of the world
• reducing the price of Internet and other IT hardware and services
About Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat”
Yahsat (http://www.yahsat.ae) provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, Central and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE and wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services:
• YahClick – offers home solutions, business solutions and transportable solutions
• YahService – offers managed solutions and government capacity
• YahLink – offers IP trunking solutions, corporate networking capacity and backhauling capacity
Yahsat’s first satellite Y1A was successfully launched in April 2011 and the company’s second satellite Y1B was successfully launched in April 2012.