Satellite broadband service provider Yahclick, an Abu Dhabi-listed Yahsat subsidiary, has signed a partnership with iSat Africa to expand its enterprise business in Nigeria, Zambia, the DRC, and East Africa.
According to a press release, the new partnership will support iSAT Africa, an African network operator present in twelve markets, to deliver connectivity services for cellular backhaul, business applications, supervisory control, and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, as well as provide connectivity to remote sites, including mines.
The services will be provided through YahClick’s high-throughput satellite Ka-band capacity, the company said in a statement to Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX).
Farhad Khan, CEO of YahClick, said: “This partnership with iSAT Africa is another step in our plans for further growth and expansion across Africa. With our existing strong presence in these countries, our partnership with iSAT Africa will enhance our reach into the unserved and underserved markets. We look forward to enabling greater connectivity for people and businesses across Africa during the upcoming months.”
The company said revenues from fixed satellite data services in Africa are expected to grow at an average rate of 15.8% per year between 2020 and 2029.
Linking with iSat Africa also spotlights the massive opportunity the growth of HTS capacity will have on the Sub-Saharan African market, especially when it comes to unlocking high-demand flexibility in applications like Backhaul or Community WiFi, it added.
Rakesh Kukreja, Managing Director of iSAT Africa said: “The new partnership with YahClick will bring a significant improvement in services to our customers in these markets with business operations in remote areas. iSAT Africa will equip them with advanced and dependable technical capabilities. Rural cellular backhaul will enhance the connectivity proposition for the major Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in these countries, thus bringing connectivity to the unconnected, and bridging the digital divide in Africa."
Rakesh added: "Whilst embracing the new norm post-COVID era, our connectivity solutions will allow for inter-branch office connectivity and communications, data gathering, redundancy, and disaster recovery solutions for our customers in Nigeria, the DRC, East Africa, and Zambia. The referenced solutions and other vital tasks will now become easier, effective, and reliable thanks to this partnership."