Telkom Consumer and YahClick have signed an agreement that enables consumers to make voice calls and access broadband data in SA using satellite connectivity.
For phase one, Telkom will commence with migrating a number of identified consumer customers first and launch to new customers in early 2021, says the company.
It notes this significantly expands access to affordable connectivity in rural areas nationally without access to fibre.
YahClick Satellite Services will deliver the Telkom data and voice over Internet Protocol packages through its satellite platforms using the Hughes Gateway and Ground Segment technology.
Telkom Consumer CEO Serame Taukobong says: “This agreement enables us to seamlessly connect our customers nationwide.
“Our data service with YahClick means we can overcome physical infrastructure constraints and give customers everywhere in South Africa the chance to enjoy high-speed connectivity to study online, to work and to stream content.”
According to Telkom, the new satellite offering will also be a game-changer for any business or government services in rural areas which will soon be able to connect using Telkom’s satellite packages.
YahClick CEO Farhad Khan says the agreement with Telkom “expands high-quality digital inclusion across South Africa and will really help communities to overcome communication barriers caused by the lack of connectivity”.
YahClick is a satellite broadband service provider from the UAE-based global satellite operator Yahsat and its partner Hughes Network Systems.
It utilises the efficiencies of the reusable Ka-band satellite frequency and multi-spot beam technology to make satellite broadband affordable and dependable for consumers across the world who do not have access to reliable Internet connectivity.
The Authority on News, Data and Market Analysis for the African Space Industry.