Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite broadband internet service provider has launched its ka-band satellite broadband services in Brazil. The arrival of Yahsat’s services will help in addressing the country’s shortage or reliable internet which traditionally relies mainly on terrestrial connectivity. In the news report on Yahsat’s website announcing the launch, Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, commented that the launch in Brazil goes to ensure that the company meets their goal of bringing Yahsat’s services to rural and underserved areas around the world. This is supported by their fleet of state-of-the-art satellites, and backed by trusted local Service Partners.
Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).