Al Yah Satellite Communications

Al Yah Satellite Communications
Industry Satellite communication
Founded January 2007 (2007-01)
Headquarters Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates
Area served
South West Asia, Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe
Key people

Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi Chairman

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood CEO
Products Satellite Broadband Internet, Satellite Broadcast, Secure Satellite Connectivity.

Al Yah Satellite Communications, AlYahsat is a satellite communications company wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, the Abu Dhabi Government's strategic investment company. The company offers voice, data, video and internet services for broadcast, Internet and VSAT users for both private and government organisations.

Corporate History

Incorporated in January 2008 the company had an aim of developing, operating and using multi-purpose (Government and commercial) communications satellite systems for the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South-West Asia regions.[1]

In July 2008, Yahsat approved a consortium of EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia to construct Yahsat's own satellites, manufacturing took 36 months to be completed in Europe. Arianespace were appointed to launch the first satellite Y1A, currently positioned at 52.5° East.[2]

In August 2008, Yahsat signed a 15-year lease agreement with the UAE Armed Forces to provide secure satellite communications in the UAE as Yahsat's first government customer. As part of this contract, Yahsat will supply the ground terminals and gateway infrastructure for satellite network services.[3]

In August 2009 Yahsat entered into a partnership with European satellite operator SES to create a new company operating under the brand name YahLive offering Direct-to-Home (DTH) television capacity and services to more than two dozen countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South West Asian region.[4]

The first satellite was launched from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana On 22 April 2011.[5]

A second satellite (Y1B), weighing approx. 6 tons, has been launched by International Launch Services (ILS) on a Proton Breeze M vehicle from the Baikonour Kosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 24, 2012, at 22:18 GMT.[6]

Yahsat Satellites

Contractor EADS Astrium & Thales Alenia Space
Launch April 2011 23 April 2012[7]
Orbital Location 52.5° E 47.5° E
Lifetime 15 Years
Launcher Ariane 5 ILS-Proton-M
Capacity/Payload C-band: 8 × 36 MHz + 6 × 54 MHz Transponders.

Ku-band BSS: 25 × 33 MHz Transponders.

Ka-band Military: 21 × 54 MHz Secure Transponders.

Ka-band Commercial: 25 × 110 MHz Transponders

Ka-band Military: 21 × 54 MHz Secure Transponders[8]

Yahsat Services

Government Secure and reliable satellite service on military Ka -band.
Broadband High speed, Internet using commercial Ka multi-spot beam technology.
Connectivity High power C-band coverage via a single beam over Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Broadcasting Ku band coverage for broadcasting services.
End-to-End Solutions Value added services for users requiring end-to-end and managed services.


  1. "Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat)". Mubadala Development Company PJSC. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  2. "Arianespace to launch Yahsat 1A satellite for United Arab Emirates". Arianespace. 16 January 2008. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  3. "Yahsat to provide secure satellite services for UAE Armed Forces". Internet Archive. April 2008. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  4. "Ses Astra and Yahsat Start Middle East Satellite Company". Ses. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  5. "Arianespace launch a success: Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat New Dawn in orbit". Arianspace. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  6. Hawkes, Rebecca. "AlYahsat celebrates after launch of second satellite". Rapid TV News. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  7. " - Satellite Launches & Footprints: Launch Schedule 2012". Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  8. "Yahsay Brochure" (PDF). Yahsay. Internet Archive. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 June 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2013.

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