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YAHSAT AND THURAYA TO UNVEIL ADVANCED MILITARY SATELLITE COMMUNICATION CAPABILITIES AT IDEX 2019

14/02/2019

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 14 February 2019: Yahsat, the UAE's leading global satellite operator, together with Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of Yahsat, will showcase the latest government and military satellite communication technologies at this year's International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX). During the five-day exhibition, Yahsat Government Solutions and Thuraya will unveil nine new solutions that provide robust, secure and integrated satellite connectivity. The technologies form part of Yahsat's wider offering, featuring a diverse ecosystem of integrated satellite solutions designed to meet the most complex security requirements of governments and defense clients.

These new Yahsat Government Solutions offerings build upon Yahsat's and Thuraya's experience in operating satellite communication services for over 30 years. Today, Yahsat Government Solutions provides the UAE armed forces with secure, reliable and robust connectivity in land, sea and air platforms.

Held this year at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center from February 17-21, 2019, IDEX is the only international expo in the MENA region to showcase the latest defence technology.

We are proud to serve the UAE government by providing them with secure satellite communications; we are continually observing the market and in dialogue with technology providers to find the best technologies and products that enable us to better serve our clients in government and defence segments. commented Ali Al Hashemi, General Manager of Yahsat Government Solutions and CEO of Thuraya.

Yahsat acquired a majority and controlling stake in Thuraya last year, enabling expansion of its portfolio to include Fixed Satellite Solutions and Mobile Satellite Solutions for both government and commercial clients.

Al Hashemi further added: We are now able to provide the UAE Armed Forces with an enhanced offering including Beyond Line of Sight Communications, Blue Force Tracking, Secure Communications on the Move and Military Grade Handheld Communications, through combining both Yahsat and Thuraya capabilities in fixed and mobile satellite communication solutions, bringing over 30 years of experience in operating global satellite communication services.

Following the acquisition, Thuraya's two satellites, which serve over 160 countries, joined Yahsat's existing network to expand the group's total fleet to five satellites. As a result of the larger fleet, Yahsat Government Solutions' service portfolio now has the potential to reach a wider breadth of markets through a combination of geostationary satellites operating in the C, Ka, Ku and L-bands. Together, they cover Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South America, Australia and Asia.

Editors' Notes

About Yahsat

Yahsat is a leading global satellite operator, providing multipurpose satellite solutions for broadband, broadcast, government and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Central and South West Asia. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer Ka-band services including YahClick, Yahsat Government Solutions, YahLink and Yahlive via its Al Yah 1 and Al Yah 2 satellites. With the recent launch of Al Yah 3, Yahsat's commercial Ka-band coverage will be extended to an additional 20 markets, reaching 60% of Africa's population and over 95% of Brazil's population. For more information, visit www.yahsat.ae

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company

Thuraya, is the mobile satellite services subsidiary of Yahsat, a leading global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), fully owned by Mubadala Investment Company. Established in 1997, Thuraya offers innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, government, broadcast media, maritime, military, aerospace and humanitarian NGO.

Thuraya's superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two-thirds of the globe by MSS, quasi-global VSAT coverage and around the world through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company's diverse range of technologically advanced and dependable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Through relevant partnerships, Thuraya stays ahead by delivering solutions and supporting applications that meet the rapidly transforming nature of market demands. Thuraya remains committed to keeping everyone within reach in any circumstance by making accessible the essential tools required for vital connectivity. www.thuraya.com

About IDEX

IDEX is the only international defence exhibition and conference in the MENA region demonstrating the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence. It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region.
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