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Thuraya, YahClick and G4T partner to boost satellite-enabled connectivity in South Sudan

The service partnership agreement aims to develop the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure and enable e-government services.

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC has announced that its mobility arm, Thuraya Telecommunications Company, and its satellite broadband solutions provider, YahClick have signed a new service partnership to launch their mobility and data services in South Sudan, in cooperation with the South Sudanese start-up Gate for Technologies (G4T).

Through this partnership, Thuraya and YahClick will provide several high-growth sectors in South Sudan with satellite-enabled connectivity solutions designed for bespoke requirements, constituting a significant step forward in the national efforts to re-build the AfAfrican country.

Under the agreement, Thuraya’s satellite technology will connect remote communities and support the government in its efforts to develop the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure and enable e-government services. Yahsat will also collaborate with humanitarian agencies based in the country by providing them with the essential connectivity to support underserved areas. The new service agreement will leverage G4T market presence and partnerships with government entities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), mobile network operators (MNOs), telemedicine, education and oil and gas sectors.

 The launch of Thuraya and YahClick’s services took place in Juba, in the presence of government officials from South Sudan, Ammar Al Nuaimi , Thuraya’s VP of Sales in the Middle East and Africa, and Sami Hagana Ali, Thuraya’s AVP for Africa region, .

Commenting on the partnership, Ali Al Hashemi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat, said: “Yahsat is proud to have a long and successful track record of nearly two decades in Africa, through our mobility arm, Thuraya and our broadband solutions provider, Yahclick. The new service partner agreement with Gate for Technologies reinforces our strong commitment to South Sudan and the African continent. As the country seeks to re-build critical sectors of the economy, consistent and reliable connectivity will increasingly play an integral role in furthering socio-economic development. We look forward to deepening our presence and expanding our offerings through this partnership with G4T. Together, we can leverage our combined expertise and in-depth understanding for the benefit of the South Sudanese economy.”

 Nhial Deng Nhial, Managing Director of Gate for Technologies added: “It is a great honour and privilege for us, and G4T in particular and the entire South Sudan, to sign the Service Partner Agreement with Thuraya, which marks the participation of a cutting-edge technology provider like Yahsat in the growth and development of the nascent South Sudanese telecoms sector. We are unlocking opportunities to fast track the digital transformation of the whole nation.”