UAE-based Yahsat has launched its satellite broadband service, YahClick, into the Ivory Coast in West Africa. YahClick will be looked after locally by service partner CEE-NET Technologies.
The service was launched in the nation’s capital Abidjan last week. It uses YahSat’s ka-band system and is designed to significantly improve the country’s access to broadband and Internet.
Yahsat says that according to the latest available figures from 2016, the country’s Internet penetration across the total population stood at just 27 per cent. Reports also suggest that only 2 per cent of households in rural communities have Internet access, compared to 16 per cent of households in urban areas.
“Our decision to launch YahClick in the Ivory Coast stems from our commitment to help meet the connectivity needs of African markets by providing high-performance satellite broadband services to more businesses and communities,” said Farhad Khan, CCO/Yahsat. “YahClick is today the leading satellite broadband service in Africa thanks to its coverage and proven reliability, as well as the local knowledge and trusted customer service provided by our Service Partners such as CEE-NET here in the Ivory Coast” added Khan.
YahClick has already launched in Ghana, the Congo and Burundi.
Michael Morris, CEO of CEE-NET Technologies added “We’re in the business of breaking down the barriers affecting major sectors of our economy by providing reliable connectivity. By offering YahClick, we will connect businesses and government to affordable, reliable and always -on broadband, as well as to underserved parts of the nation.”