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UAE based satellite operator Yahsat announced the successful trial of a 50Mbps in-flight connection that will change the way passengers experience air travel. The result of a unique partnership between Yahsat, du, Etihad Airways Engineering, Hughes Network Systems and Carlisle Interconnect, the high-speed broadband offering will be available for airlines to offer its passengers within the next year.
Using Yahsat’s Al Yah 2 satellite, and the latest generation Ka-band technology, the test took place in Abu Dhabi, simulating the environment found on an Airbus A320 aircraft. This new level of performance for in-flight connectivity (IFC) will mean passengers have an in-flight browsing experience similar to the service available in their home or office, including access to HD streaming content, social media, online shopping and the ability to connect with friends and family via messaging apps.
"We are incredibly proud to have brought together leading Emirati and global companies to achieve this milestone,” said Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat. “It paves the way for Yahsat to bring further breakthrough technologies to the markets and segments it serves, adding another key pillar to Yahsat’s portfolio of market leading services and solutions.”
Following this successful test, selected guests will be invited to experience the ultra- fast connectivity for themselves, onboard an Etihad Airways Flying Testbed Airbus A320 aircraft at the Dubai Airshow taking place from the 12th to 16th of November. Subsequently, Yahsat and its partners plan to execute the key next steps over the coming year to rollout the solution to commercial airliners across the Middle East, and beyond.
Saleem Al Blooshi, Chief Infrastructure Officer at du said the operator’s partnership with Yahsat is a “testament to our commitment towards adding life to life through innovative new technologies, and we are pleased to be a part of such a monumental step in aviation history. This partnership will allow us to establish the necessary infrastructure needed to keep passengers comfortably connected in the air through the latest and most advanced in-flight connectivity.”
Al Blooshi added, “We believe that together we will set the benchmark for high speed WiFi in the air and we look forward to enhancing our customer experiences like never before. Furthermore, we are introducing our state of the art Data Analytics as well as our Backend systems to this innovative In-Flight WiFi which enables the Airline Industry to use such analytics of the user behavior to enhance even further the customer experiences on board airplanes.”
Global leaders in the satellite industry have combined to help support the humanitarian community in times of devastation and crisis - by signing a Crisis Connectivity Charter which will effectively enhance connectivity during humanitarian emergencies.
There have been a number of dreadful humanitarian emergencies across the globe in the last twelve months alone: Vanuatu, Nepal and the Philippines all felt the devastating effects of natural disasters which were brought on as a result of climate change, and those disasters also reiterated to us just how important the role of communications is in times of crisis.
The historic announcement of this new charter will see the world’s leading satellite operators unite to support regions left shattered by natural disasters – by collectively delivering improved global coverage and connectivity. The satellite sector is systematically part of the first responder team, which provides immediate communication links that support supply logistics, urgent medical care and coordination of relief efforts.
At the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation which was held in Geneva, it was officially announced that the world’s leading satellite operators would sign this incredible charter which will ultimately help save many, many lives during times of natural disasters.
The satellite operators that signed the charter include Eutelsat, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat - which all came under the collective umbrella of the EMEA Satellite Operators Association(ESOA) Global VSAT Forum (GVF), to confirm its pledge to aid the humanitarian community by signing the Crisis Connectivity Charter along with the global humanitarian community which was represented by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC).
Yahsat is an Abu Dhabi-based company that provides multipurpose satellite solutions for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in addition to South West Asia. Yahsat is owned by the Mubadala Development Company which is the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi and are renowned for being the first company to offer multi-purpose ka-band satellite services.
Those in attendance at the conference were told that the Crisis Connectivity Charter basically formalizes terms and protocols designed to accelerate the ability of emergency response teams to access satellite-based communications when local networks are affected, destroyed or overloaded after a disaster.
Some of the principles of the charter were also disclosed and some of these include increased coordination to prioritize access to bandwidth for humanitarian purposes during disaster operations; pre-positioned satellite equipment and transmission capacity at times of disaster in 20 high-risk countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as identified by the ETC and beyond; as well as training and capacity building for the humanitarian community across all five continents.
ESOA is the world’s only CEO-driven satellite association, and leads a coordinated satellite communications sector. The Brussels-based trade association through membership brings together all European, Middle East and African satellite operators and supporting members including service providers, manufacturers and launch service providers. It’s a source of great honor and pride that ESOA were able to bind together this fantastic collaboration of businesses to support the humanitarian community by signing the Crisis Connectivity Charter.
The association represents all satellite operators from the EMEA region and other companies that engage in satellite-related activities. It offers a unified voice for the world’s largest operators and important regional operators towards all international, regional and national organizations and regulators. By providing a unified voice and platform for global collaboration, ESOA increases opportunities for governments, businesses and citizens to leverage satellite services in order to bring connectivity through high quality telecommunications services to users everywhere, on land, in the air or at sea. Through minimal infrastructure providing ubiquitous coverage, satellites allow communications across national boundaries, without discriminating on the basis of economic differences between nations.
Secretary General of ESOA, Aarti Holla, said he was honored that ESOA was chosen to lead the concerted effort to gather all satellite operators together under a collective umbrella to enhance the response to humanitarian emergencies.
Mr. Holla said, “ESOA is honored to have led this effort on behalf of member satellite operators who collectively deliver global coverage and connectivity. We have to recognize that the number of crises around the world is increasing both as a result of climate change and geo-politics. As a result, the unique ability of satellite solutions to save lives is becoming indispensable and the Crisis Connectivity Charter will enable the ETC to trigger pre-positioned satellite solutions in any one of their 20 high-risk countries or beyond.”
UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, echoed those sentiments and said the collaboration between the satellite operators represented a significant step for the humanitarian community.
Mr. O’Brien said: “The humanitarian community relies on satellite communications as they are the only technology that are immune to natural disasters and that can be immediately deployed, regardless of constraints such as geography. This is a significant step for the humanitarian community and a step change in the way we have worked with satellite operators in the past.”
Chair of the ETC and Chief Information Officer of the World Food Programme (WFP), Jakob Kern, said he believed the collective gathering of the world’s leading satellite operators could ensure that by 2020, all those responding to disasters can communicate to respond, recover and redevelop – but most importantly of all he feels the charter will save lives.
“The Crisis Connectivity Charter seeks to ensure improved access to communications services in humanitarian emergencies, and with satellite services we can save lives. Through the Crisis Connectivity Charter and the ETC network, we endeavor to ensure that by 2020 all those responding to disasters, including affected people, can communicate to respond, recover and redevelop. Mobilizing their members in this way, ESOA and GVF are supporting the ETC in making this vision a reality.”
David Hartshorn, Secretary General of GVF, hopes that the charter will enable governments and administrations all over the world to recognize to the vital role satellite operators play in not only its response to natural disasters, but also its standing in the world’s telecommunications infrastructure.
“Our members provide emergency communications on all continents using key satellite spectrum such as the C-band,” he said. “We hope governments and administrations the world over will recognize the vital role satellite operators play in the globe’s telecommunications infrastructure and its ability to ensure an immediate, robust and resilient response to disasters.”
The UAE is ranked ahead of all Arab states in the 2015 Networked Readiness Index (NRI) issued by the World Economic Forum, and twenty-third among all 143 countries assessed, moving up one position from twenty-fourth place in 2014.
International indices ranking a range of information and communication technology (ICT) indicators demonstrate the robust nature of the UAE’s telecommunications sector and the government’s success in leveraging advances in information and communication technologies to drive economic productivity and social development.
Internationally, the UAE is ranked first in ICT use and government efficiency, first in mobile network coverage, in terms of the percentage of the population covered, first in the importance of ICT to the government’s vision of the future, first in the impact of ICT on access to basic services, second in impact of ICTs on new services and products, second in government procurement of advanced technology products, fourth in laws relating to ICT, fifth in the impact of ICT on new organizational models, seventh in mobile phone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, and seventh in firm level technology absorption and in business-to-business internet use.
In terms of the individual indicators analyzed, the UAE ranked first among Arab states in business-to-consumer internet use, e-participation index, internet access in schools, secure internet servers, low software piracy rates and percentage of software installed.
UAE companies are also actively involved in satellite telecommunications regionally and globally. Thuraya in which Etisalat is an investor, is providing reliable and robust satellite communications, using Thuraya IP and satellite handheld phones, in many of the world’s remotest locations.
Another UAE company, the Mubadala-owned Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, or Yahsat, is the region’s first hybrid military and commercial satellite company. Yahsat’s satellites provide complete satellite communications solutions to 140 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Central and South West Asia.
UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the possibility of new joint opportunities with existing partner, IEC Telecom Group (IEC Telecom) in Africa. The agreement comes ahead of Yahsat, taking delivery of its third satellite, Al Yah 3.