Yahsat and South Africa Sign MoU to Enhance Satellite and Digital Technologies Cooperation

A high-profile signing ceremony between two corporate officials representing Yahsat and the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies of S

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Africa’s Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, aimed at strengthening collaboration in various satellite and ICT-related areas.

The MoU was signed in Johannesburg by Sulaiman Al Ali, Chief Commercial Officer of Yahsat, and Nonkqubela Jordan Dyani, Director General of South Africa’s Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies, representing the South African Government.

This agreement outlines a comprehensive partnership focusing on satellite and ICT services, satellite broadband connectivity, Internet of Things (IoT), geospatial applications, High-Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS), and Earth Observation Satellites. It also provides a framework for exploring the potential establishment of ground stations in South Africa for satellite operations, collaboration on the manufacturing of devices and antennae, skills exchange, and investment opportunities.

Delegation Visit

The MoU signing followed a successful visit by a high-profile South African delegation in early May, led by Deputy President Paul Mashatile. This delegation included senior government ministers, heads of several departments, and representatives from Brainwave Projects SA, the Public Sector service partner in South Africa. The visit facilitated positive discussions between the two parties, paving the way for greater cooperation.

Ali Al Hashemi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat, expressed his enthusiasm about the MoU, stating, “We are delighted to complete the MoU as a testament to the excellent relationship our two countries share. It is an exciting step forward in Yahsat’s relationship with South Africa and the wider continent. The mutually beneficial agreement will enable Yahsat to expand its presence in South Africa, work even closer with our partners to develop infrastructure and skills, and enhance communications capabilities in the country.”

Mondli Gungubele, South Africa’s Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, highlighted the significance of satellite communications in Africa’s development. He said, “Satellite communications are playing an increasingly important role in the development of Africa. At present, technology is connecting isolated and underprivileged communities with essential services such as e-learning, telemedicine, e-commerce, and more. The MoU represents the next phase of development as countries on the continent begin to establish their space tech sectors.”

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