Yahsat Testing Inflight Satellite Connectivity with Etihad Airways Using Ka-Band


in its bid to deliver next satellite driven high-speed internet access in the skies, Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator, is all set to test high speed inflight satellite connectivity using an Etihad Airways’ Airbus A320.

YahClick – a satellite internet company is participating in the upcoming AfricaCom happening in Cape Town between 17 – 19 November 2015.

The collaboration will allow both UAE companies to work together to trial inflight high-speed satellite connectivity via Ka-band on a test aircraft. Yahsat’s Ka-band capacity provides higher speeds and cheaper rates compared to legacy inflight connectivity systems based on Ku-band.

As airlines continue to explore ways to enhance the passenger experience, high-speed inflight connectivity is increasingly becoming a critical differentiator. With Ka-band solutions, speeds of up to 50 mbps to the plane are commonplace, allowing passengers to have the necessary bandwidth to stream video and enable applications such as video conferencing.

Masood Sharif Mahmood, Yahsat Chief Executive Officer said: “The testing of the new satellite connectivity is a key step for Yahsat, as it signifies the beginning of our journey towards expanding into a growing global market segment (In-Flight Connectivity). We are delighted to be working with one of the UAE’s major success stories, Etihad Airways. It is testament to our strategy to collaborate with leading local industry to deliver innovative, secure, reliable and cost effective satellite communications solutions.”

Jeff Wilkinson, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President Technical, said: “With testing and validation of Yahsat’s new connectivity system on-board one of our Airbus A320s, we offer unparalleled possibilities to capitalise on our relationship with Yahsat. We are excited to welcome Yahsat on board, to test the future of high speed inflight satellite connectivity with them.”