Yahsat completes acquisition of Thuraya

United Arab Emirates-based Yahsat has completed its acquisition of a majority and controlling stake in the mobile satellite services operator Thuraya. Yahsat said the agreement will significantly expand its current satellite solutions portfolio and creates a strong platform to capture the growing opportunity around IoT and M2M applications. “The Thuraya acquisition provides us with an […]

Yahsat: Al Yah 3 satellite ‘in good health’

Yahsat has said that its Al Yah 3 satellite “continues to operate nominally and is in good health” following a launch anomaly more than a week ago. The satellite operator said it is working closely with industry experts, including the satellite manufacturer Orbital ATK, in developing a “revised, optimal orbit raising strategy”. This comes after the […]

Yahlive adds 16 new channels for Maghreb region

Middle East satellite platform Yahlive has added 16 new exclusive channels to its bouquet for the Maghreb region of North Africa. The move takes the number of channels on the Maghreb service to 65, including 36 that are exclusive to Yahlive. Fifty-seven of the channel on the bouquet are from Algeria. Yahlive is a also […]

Eutelsat agrees capacity deal with Yahsat after Amos-6 explosion

Eutelsat has leased satellite capacity from Yahsat for its Broadband for Africa venture, after Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite exploded earlier this year. Broadband for Africa will use capacity on up to 16 Ka-band spotbeams on the Yahsat 1B satellite to roll out broadband services during the first four months of 2017. Further expansion will be supported […]

Yahlive extends BBC World Service contract

Abu Dhabi-based SES and Yahsat satellite joint venture Yahlive has renewed and extended its partnership with the BBC to broadcast its Persian and Arabic TV channels across its footprint. As part of the agreement with the BBC World Service, Yahlive will distribute the broadcaster’s Persian and Arabic television channels as well as the radio programming […]

MBC migrating services to Arabsat

Middle East broadcaster MBC Group is transferring its channels to the Arabsat satellite platform through a strategic partnership with the satellite operator. MBC and Arabsat said that some channels would be exclusive to Arabsat and that the pair would focus on providing reliable set-top boxes to ensure a high-quality viewing experience. MBC Pro Sports, which […]

Yahlive consolidates leading position among Farsi viewers

Yahlive, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite joint venture between SES and UAE satellite operator Yahsat, is the most popular satellite broadcast provider for Farsi-speaking viewers across the Middle East and south-west Asia, according to a report by Ipsos Connect. According to the research, Yahlive’s market share amongst Farsi speakers increased from 20% in 2014 to 34% […]

Ka-band satellite Al Yah 3 passes critical design review

UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat and Orbital ATK have completed a Critical Design Review for the Al Yah 3 spacecraft and payload. Yahsat senior management were in Virginia in the US with its partner Orbital ATK to complete the review, the final stage before assembling all components of the satellite. Al Yah 3, which is based […]

Yahsat taps Orbital and Arianespace for Yahsat 3

UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat has announced that Orbital Sciences will build its forthcoming Al Yah 3 satellite and that Arianespace will launch the craft from French Guiana in 2016. The launch of Yahsat’s third satellite will extend the company’s commercial Ka-band coverage to an additional 17 countries and 600 million users across Africa and Brazil. […]

YahSat names new CEO

Middle East satellite operator YahSat has named Masood M Sharif Mahmood as its new CEO. Masood, who was appointed as deputy CEO in June last year, will replace Tareq Abdel Raheem Al Hosani, who is joining the YahSat board and will continue to play a role in the company’s strategic direction. Jassem Mohammed Al Zaabi, […]