Yahsat was granted a 10-year licence by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the UAE yesterday.
Under the terms of the licence, Yahsat can provide voice, data, video and internet services in the UAE.
“It is an important day for Yahsat and a great opportunity for a satellite company with firm roots in the UAE to address the satellite communications requirements of not only the nation but the region as well,” said Jassem Al Zaabi, CEO, Yahsat.
The agreement with the TRA is a milestone for the Abu Dhabi-based operator, which has suffered a slight delay in the development of its hardware.
Mohamed Youssif, CEO of the company’s YahLive broadcast capacity business told DPME.com last year that the factory where the first of the company’s satellites is being constructed had been damaged in an earthquake.
“We have experienced some delay due to the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy,” said Youssif.
“That has pushed back the launch of the satellite by a few months, it is now looking more likely to happen in early 2011 than late 2010,” claimed Youssif.