Yahsat reaches orbital destination

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UAEs first Yahsat satellite, slated to provide high definition television (HDTV) to audiences across the Middle East, Africa, and South West Asia, has successfully reached its orbital slot at 52.5 degrees East, two weeks after launch.

This satellite is said to link places with no fibre optic connection; and will bring broadband access to remote UAE areas. This will be a game changer for the countrys internet provision industry, a leading communications executive said.

The satellite Y1B is scheduled to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2011, and will be one of the first providers of internet broadband access to remote areas of UAE and other countries in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South West Asia.

Yahsat Y1A, which represents part of a 4.4 billion UAE Dirham outlay from Mubadala Development, the Abu Dhabi Governments investment arm, was rocketed into space by Aprianespace on 22 April 2011, alongside Intelsats New Dawn satellite.

“This is a very significant step as we move towards activating Yahsat’s services for our customers across the coverage regions,” says Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Yahsat and Executive Director of Mubadala Information, Communications and Technology.

“Our tests thus far have gone well and the satellite appears to be performing properly. It is safe to say the highest degree of risk is behind us and I am confident we will be prepared to activate our services shortly, he added.

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