UAE grants satellite services license to Yahsat

YahsatThe Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) has granted a ten year satellite services license to Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat). The firm would the third telecom player in the country to have such license after the two existing players Eisalata and Du which are offering installation, operation and management of a public telecommunications network services in the UAE through terrestrial lines.

Yahsat would offer internet services through satellite which is scheduled to be launched next year. Ghanim and Waleed Al Muhairi, Chairman of Yahsat said that the deal would enhance critical communication back-up in the country and address the data, video and internet connectivity needs of business and households.

Jassem Al Zaabi, Chief Executive Officer, Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJsc (Yahsat) added, "We are honored and would like to thank the Telecom Regulatory Authority of UAE for their confidence in Yahsat. We look to our continued cooperation with the TRA."

TRA Director General, HE Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim said that decision regarding tariffs is yet to be taken. However, tariff structure would be different from the terrestrial service providers.