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UAE and Yahsat join forces to provide satellite connectivity for standard smartphones

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UAE’s satellite company Yahsat has partnered with e& UAE to provide seamless connectivity via satellite for voice, texting, and data on smartphones. This collaboration is part of Yahsat’s D2D strategy aiming to bridge the digital divide. e& UAE will be the first telecom operator to join Yahsat’s D2D ecosystem, bringing anytime-anywhere connectivity to people worldwide. This partnership will also focus on developing a Low Earth Orbit D2D system for advanced satellite capabilities.


e& UAE and Yahsat Partner to Bring Satellite Connectivity to Standard Smartphones
The UAE’s satellite solutions provider, Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), has signed a partnership with e& UAE. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two companies, e& UAE will become the first telecom operator to collaborate with Yahsat under its Direct-to-Device (D2D) strategy.

D2D Strategy

This collaboration aims to explore initiatives revolving around Yahsat‘s planned D2D ecosystem, which will enable satellite connectivity for voice, texting, and data on standard smartphones. Through this partnership, e& UAE and Yahsat will work together on a range of projects aimed at revolutionising satellite connectivity, the joint statement said.

Seamless Satellite Connectivity

Yahsat said: “We are discussing a whole host of areas where we aim to collaborate, which include developing the ecosystem as part of our recently launched D2D strategy – Project SKY.”

e& UAE said: “We’re proud to be the first operator to join Yahsat‘s D2D vision and leverage our networks to bring seamless, anytime-anywhere connectivity to people everywhere. This is a significant step towards bridging the digital divide and realizing our shared vision of a connected future.”

The partnership will see the two companies joining forces on Yahsat‘s planned Low Earth Orbit (LEO) D2D system. Reportedly, the system is designed to provide seamless connectivity (including voice, texting, and data) for standard smartphones.

Bridging the Digital Divide

According to Yahsat, this collaboration is the latest step in the implementation of its D2D strategy, aimed at empowering standard smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) devices with advanced satellite capabilities.


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