Yahsat and Thuraya join forces at Satellite 2015 in Washington, D.C.

UAE satellite operators to exhibit at key industry event together for the first time

Washington, D.C. - Yahsat and Thuraya , both UAE-based providers of innovative multi-purpose satellite solutions have teamed up to exhibit together for the first time at a major industry event. The two companies are co-exhibiting this week at Satellite 2015, the annual international exhibition of satellite technology taking place in Washington, D.C.
In addition to a CEO keynote speech, members of both Yahsat and Thuraya 's senior management teams will be representing their companies at conference round tables and panels. The two companies will also be connecting with Emirati university students studying in the United States through a reception being co-hosted by the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C., in their bid to encourage and develop Emirati talent into the satellite industry. 

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO, Yahsat said, "As flagship Emirati organisations, we are proud to be showing the world how far and how quickly the UAE has come in a key industry of the future. We are the region's first satellite broadband service provider, bringing world class satellite connectivity to remote corners of the world and the progress we are making mirrors the global commercial success being achieved by other UAE businesses. The UAE also has an ambitious and expanding space program and through participation in events like Satellite 2015, we are successfully raising awareness of these efforts." 

Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer at Thuraya , said: "We are delighted to be showcasing the best of the UAE's expanding satellite industry together with Yahsat at the Satellite show this year. Thuraya was the first satellite operator to be founded in the UAE and since then the UAE has witnessed not only the addition of two homegrown satellite operators, Yahsat and Dubai-Sat, but also the UAE Space Agency. We are proud to support the UAE's mission to be a center for space and satellite excellence. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand this week to share our latest mobile satellite innovations for land and maritime communications."

Mahmood added, "I must pay tribute to our partners Thuraya . We have enjoyed a fruitful and successful partnership over several years, and our respective ambitions and aspirations complement each other perfectly." 

About Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC, " Yahsat "
Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in addition to Central and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services including:


  • - YahClick - offers satellite internet for home and business 
  • - YahService - offers managed solutions and government capacity 
  • - YahLink - offers IP trunking solutions, corporate networking and backhauling capacity 
  • - Yahlive - a joint venture between Yahsat and SES, offers premium services to broadcasters and a select choice of TV channels 

Yahsat 's first satellite Y1A was successfully launched in April 2011, and the company's second satellite Y1B was successfully launched in April 2012. Yahsat has announced the manufacturing of its third satellite, Al Yah 3, planned for launch in Q4 2016, extending their commercial Ka-band coverage across additional markets in Africa, which will reach over 60% of the population, as well as its first entry in to Brazil, where it will cover over 95% of the population.

For more information visit www.yahsat.ae or www.mubadala.ae

About Thuraya
Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO. Thuraya 's superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company's diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. For more information, visit: www.thuraya.com.

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