This new venture combines Hughes expertise as the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services with Yahsat’s position and knowledge as the leader in satellite broadband solutions across these regions. Hughes will purchase a minority interest in the venture.
The new venture will continue to provide unserved and underserved communities with reliable, high-speed Internet services operating over Yahsat’s Al Yah 2 (AY2) and Al Yah 3 (AY3) Ka-band satellites, and leveraging the capabilities of the Hughes JUPITER™ System, designed and optimized for large-scale High-Throughput Satellites (HTS). Hughes will also supply its proven Operating and Business Support System (OSS/BSS) solutions for comprehensive network operations and management.
Initially, the venture will focus on “direct-to-premise services” to homes and small- to medium-sized enterprises, and to community centers and schools that are served under local government programs across these regions. In parallel, there will be an increased focus on “community hotspot” solutions to make satellite-enabled broadband more accessible to many more users across the AY2 and AY3 footprint, which currently covers more than 1 billion people. In addition, the venture will also aim to capitalize on the accelerating transition towards Ka-band based backhaul and carrier solutions from mobile network operators.
Completion of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions, and is expected to occur later this year.
Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, the CEO of Yahsat, said that the partnership with Hughes plays a significant role in Yahsat’s growth story and serves as an important step in achieving the company's vision to providing global satellite broadband services to individuals, communities, governments and businesses in unserved and underserved communities. Yahsat’s remarkable track record and experience in operating YahClick, combined with Hughes technology leadership and experience, are a winning proposition to unlock the mass market potential of satellite broadband services across the region. Mahmood is very pleased to see the firm's longstanding partnership with Hughes as a supplier over the years now advance to this strategic and very important joint venture for Yahsat.
Pradman Kaul, President of Hughes, added that Yahsat has been a valued customer for many years, incorporating the company's JUPITER System and operating expertise into their services. This next step in this beneficial relationship is a natural evolution that builds on the firms' shared commitment to connecting the unconnected and reflects the company's strategy to partner with leading providers around the world. The Hughes investment in this venture will expand the company's presence in Africa, the Middle East and southwest Asia markets, where broadband demand is expected to grow exponentially during the coming years.