Yahsat’s services positively impact humanitarian efforts in the region

Yahsat’s services positively impact humanitarian efforts in the region
Yahsat's satellite, the Y1A has successfully reached its final position and is undergoing final testing.
Published: 24 May 2018 - 5:44 a.m.
By: Georgina Enzer

UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat, in association with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the UAE Embassy in Amman, Jordan hosted the ‘Enabling through Connectivity’ Forum in Amman. The forum was arranged to discuss initiatives to support humanitarian emergency response and sustainable development projects, with the primary focus being to bring reliable broadband connectivity to facilitate the provision of basic services such as healthcare and education in Jordan and its neighbouring regions.

“Fast, reliable and accessible connectivity is essential for governments and enterprises for ensuring successful implementation of socio-economic development projects. Yahsat is committed to the provision of customisable end-to-end sustainable solutions in addition to reliable and economical connectivity that are designed to facilitate rapid deployment of mission-critical applications particularly when it comes to humanitarian emergency response in this region,” said Najat Abdulrahman, Executive Vice President of Global Strategic Business Development at Yahsat.

Yahsat’s Satellite Broadband can have a positive impact on previously unconnected and under-served communities, extending various economic and social benefits, as well as providing them with basic services such as healthcare and education. The goal of the ‘Enabling through Connectivity’ forum is to encourage industry players to create opportunities for greater digital inclusion by providing reliable broadband connectivity, and to bring innovative solutions to enhance humanitarian emergency response services.

Abdulrahman also discussed the impact of sustainable development projects in Asia and Africa, where through collaborations between Yahsat, its local service partners and government agencies, e-learning, e-health, and community internet access have become a reality. These include providing connectivity to remote libraries in South Africa, e-learning to Maasai community schools in Kenya and adult learning opportunities through the Karakoram Area Development Organisation in northern Pakistan.

“At IEC Telecom, we are proud to be a trusted partner of Yahsat to deliver tailored solutions to humanitarian organisations. ‘Enabling through connectivity’ is the right platform to introduce the concept of a digital refugee camp, which is a great example of how much more can be achieved as a result of high speed and reliable satellite connectivity. Our solutions, like YahClick Wi-Fi that we have recently unveiled together with Yahsat, not only enhance relief and rescue operations, but also provide additional services that are easy to put in place such as e-health, e-learning, centralised logistics, better reporting and more,” said Nabil Ben Soussia, Managing Director at IEC Telecom Middle East.

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