Interview with Yah Satellite’s CCO

By on February 28, 2011
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Find out how UAE will be graced with satellite broadband.

What kind of broadband packages will YahClick offer in terms of price and speed?

A number of service plans will be available through our partners in each country for individuals and organizations in the public and private sector. YahClick will have the capacity to offer reliable high-speed satellite broadband services at market competitive prices. We are able to do this largely because of the use of cutting-edge technology in the satellites we have designed.  The Ka-band multi-spot technology has reusable frequencies that maximize efficiency on the ground, enabling the use of a smaller antenna size with a low power amplifier.

This technology was first used in the US approximately five years ago; we have overcome the significant technology lag that typically exists from developed countries to developing countries – for the first time we are making the same cutting-edge service in the US available in the Middle East and Africa at almost same time.

What kind of hardware will it require? Will we be able to share the Internet through a router?

The YahClick internet service will be extremely convenient for end-users. Users will be able to access the internet using a small satellite dish that is less than one meter in diameter and a small satellite modem connected to their computers. The modem can also be connected directly to the LAN infrastructure to support multiple users. This equipment will be provided by our individual partner service providers in each country.
A general disadvantage to Satellite broadband has traditionally been weather conditions and latency. What kind of latency can we expect from YahClick’s service?

While a minor amount of latency is unavoidable when dealing with satellite operations due to the distances involved, we have found that the user-experience is actually similar to other broadband service. There are more than 1.5 million subscribers worldwide, mostly in the US, currently using satellite broadband.

Will YahClick work as a separate ISP or will it tie up with the present two telecoms in the country?

As mentioned we will be partnering with service providers in each of the individual countries we cover to provide the YahClick service. In the UAE Axiom Telecom and Sky Stream have been appointed as the Service Agents to offer this service to the end users.

Would we still have to go through a proxy filter when accessing YahClick?

YahClick is bound to the regulatory laws of the individual countries that it will provide its services to.  Content broadcasted to the UAE through our satellites would be subject to the same telecommunication regulatory laws that govern the existing broadband service provided by our terrestrial counterparts.

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