Yahsat has won a SatCom Star Award for the “Most Innovative Product/Service for Africa” for the second consecutive year. Yahsat won the award for its YahClick services which provide connectivity to residents in unserved and underserviced areas across 28 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Central and South West Asia.
Commenting on the award, Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Deputy CEO of Yahsat, stated: “It is a privilege to take home this award for the second consecutive year. The African market is extremely important to Yahsat and we are pleased that the industry recognizes the important role we play and the contribution we are starting to make in Africa.”
“According to the International Monetary Fund, growth in Africa is expected to continue over the next five years and between 2010 to 2015, nine out of the top twenty fastest growing economies in the world are expected to be in Africa. This represents a huge opportunity for satellite operators such as Yahsat and Internet service providers who can help connect urban, rural and remote communities so they may join the 21st century global economy.”
In Africa, YahClick is already operational in Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Sudan. “African countries currently face major challenges including insufficient or congested telecommunications infrastructure, unconnected communities, unskilled workers and an education and healthcare system that needs serious improvements and assistance. At Yahsat, we believe that access to information is a powerful tool that can boost individual, business and societal development. YahClick is our solution to connectivity challenges to maximize the chances of success for the many individual, business and government projects that are springing up in Africa,” added Shawkat Ahmed, CCO at Yahsat.