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YahSat confirms IPO

Al Yah Satellite Communications (which trades as YahSat) and is fully owned by Abu Dhabi’s $243 billion sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment, has hired Abu Dhabi’s Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank and HSBC Holdings as joint lead managers, according to an advertisement in local newspaper the National. YahSat currently has services covering […]

June 22, 2021By Chris Forrester

Thuraya and Airbus wrap design of Thuraya-4

Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator Al Yah says that Airbus has wrapped the initial Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for the company’s upcoming Thuraya 4-NGS. Thuraya 4-NGS will have an L-band ecosystem with the upgrade of Thuraya’s space and ground and user (products and solutions) segments. Complemented by a 5G-ready core network, Yahsat’s newest satellite system will […]

June 11, 2021

Yahsat, Hughes update on 6th satellite

Abu Dhabi’s Al Yah Satellite Communications (better known as Yahsat) is building a sixth satellite. The company also owns the Thuraya telecoms satellite system and, with Thuraya, have five satellites in total already operating. According to reports Yahsat is well advanced with its 6th satellite (Thuraya-4) under construction with Airbus. Thuraya-4 is designed to have […]

March 25, 2021

Nigeria issues more sat-comm licences

Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC), the regulatory body overseeing the country’s communications sector, has issued new licences and permits equal to 13 additional feeds from mostly existing satellite operators to provide satellite services within the country. The extra permits go to Intelsat, Eutelsat, Avanti, Yahsat, SES (via NSS New Skies), Inmarsat and Iridium. OneWeb is also […]

September 9, 2020By Chris Forrester

Yahsat orders new Thuraya satellite

Airbus Defence & Space has won a contract to build a new communications geostationary satellite for Emirates-based Yahsat and its sister business Thuraya. There could be two satellites involved as Yahsat has taken an option for a second Thuraya craft. The confirmed order is for Thuraya-4 NGS (Next Generation System), and the option covers Thuraya-5 […]

September 2, 2020By Chris Forrester

Abu Dhabi to build satellite centre

Airbus is to aid Abu Dhabi to build a centre of satellite excellence in the Emirate. The project, backed by Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun Economic Council, has formed a collaboration with Airbus and the National Space Science and Technology Centre, (NSSTC), from UAE University, to build and develop a Satellite Assembly, Integration and Testing, (AIT), Centre […]

August 13, 2020By Chris Forrester

Covid puts Global Eagle into Chapter 11 bankruptcy

In-Flight Entertainment and broadband communications supplier, Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company had been clear in the recent past that the near-total collapse of the world’s airline and related passenger traffic was putting the business under strain. Moody’s Investors Services had downgraded GEE’s rating to PD/LD which translates as a […]

July 23, 2020By Chris Forrester

Yahsat’s Government Division deploys AI-powered DataMiner platform

Skyline Communications, a global supplier of AI-powered, end-to-end, multi-vendor network management and OSS software solutions for the broadband and media industry, announced that Yahsat Government Solutions (YGS), the government arm of the UAE-based satellite services operator, Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, has deployed its state-of-the-art DataMiner platform to manage and control some of their networks. […]

June 8, 2020