Yahsat extends Hughes partnership

UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat and Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) said they have announced the award of a major contract for Hughes to deliver its JUPITERâ„¢ System and related network operations services in support of Yahsat´s planned expansion across Africa in early 2017 with the launch of its new Ka-band satellite, Al Yah 3.

The multi-year contract calls for Hughes to supply its award-winning JUPITER System gateways and broadband terminals together with its Operating Support System (OSS) and Business Support System (BSS) solutions as a turnkey outsourced managed service.

Yahsat´s position as the world´s eighth largest operator in terms of revenue will be further strengthened by the extended coverage of Al Yah 3 to wider parts of Africa. Al Yah 3 will bring additional connectivity into 18 African countries for consumers, SOHO and enterprise segments.

The third Yahsat satellite, Al Yah 3, is scheduled for service launch in early 2017, extending the company´s commercial Ka-band coverage to 60 percent of Africa´s population. The procurement of the JUPITER platform is in preparation for the new satellite and is in line with Yahsat´s strategy to widen and deepen its reach and continuously enhance its product offerings.

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, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose Ka-band satellite services.

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the global leader in satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative solutions and a comprehensive suite of HughesONâ„¢ managed services for enterprises and governments worldwide. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com.

EchoStar is a premier global provider of satellite and video delivery solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its EchoStar Satellite Services, EchoStar Technologies Corporation and Hughes Network Systems business segments.