Africa Broadband -‘YahClick’ expands its presence in Angola

Yahsat Expands Presence of its Satellite Broadband Internet Service “Yahclick” in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, August 14, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Yahsat (http://www.yahsat.ae), the Abu Dhabi based satellite operator, has further strengthened the availability of its flagship service YahClick, an affordable, high-speed satellite broadband Internet service, in the Republic of Angola through a new partnership with Global Telesat, the country’s established satellite telecoms provider.
Experts in satellite communications within the Republic and the wider African market, Global Telesat will distribute YahClick across the country via two main distribution channels, namely Electrix to target home users and Multitel to targeting businesses.
Global Telesat will offer cost effective YahClick service plans to suit both home and business users in urban, rural and remote locations to boost their access to a high speed and reliable Internet connection.
Commenting on the appointment of Global Telesat, Shawkat Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer, Yahsat stated: “We are happy to strengthen our presence in Angola through our partnership with Global Telesat. As one of our local partners for YahClick in Angola, Global Telesat will provide set-up and maintenance services for home users and businesses. Africa is a key market for us and with the help of experts in the market like Global Telesat, Yahsat is pleased to be making cost effective and reliable Internet connectivity even more accessible to users across Angola.”
“YahClick is a powerful tool, one which will improve the life of business and home users requiring high speed and reliable internet access. While satellite services have existed in Angola for many years, YahClick makes satellite internet affordable for the very first time, for a much wider segment of businesses and home users who previously couldn’t consider satellite due to its prohibitive costs,” added Ivan Pizarro, Chief Executive Officer of Global Telesat.
YahClick is designed to provide satellite broadband Internet to everyone and is set to open new business opportunities and connectivity to a wide range of industries, NGOs, government, educational organisations and home users throughout its coverage area by providing reliable, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity to urban, rural and even remote communities.
Global Telesat says it will offer the YahClick service and local support services to address the specific needs of business, government organisations and home subscribers. Users, including those in underserved and un-served areas, will now be able to instantly connect to the satellite broadband Internet via a small satellite dish and modem that can be pre-ordered through Global Telesat. The service is available in Angola with no further infrastructure requirements.
YahClick is beamed through Yahsat’s second satellite Y1B satellite, the first satellite in the region to offer Internet connectivity through Ka-band multi-spot beams, providing a greater level of overall efficiency and cost-effective broadband solutions.

Mali gives .ml domain free

Mali became the first African nation to will give its domains for free. Dot ML – the Mali domain name – will be operated by the Agence des Technologies de lâ Information et de la Communication (AGETIC) as a generic, unrestricted, clean and global TLD focusing on individuals and businesses in- and outside Mali.

Free domain names will be offered to all internet users in both Mali and other countries from July 15th onwards. This General Availability will be preceded by a Sunrise and Landrush period, to protect trademark holders worldwide. There will be no restrictions to registrations of free domains and anyone can claim its own.ML domain. Free.ML domains work exactly like any other extension and can be renewed each registration period at no charge.

“We are proud to be the first African nation to give domain names for free,” says Moussa Dolo, general manager of Mali’s Agence des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (AGETIC). “By providing free domain names to internet users worldwide, we will put Mali back on the map. We wish to show the rest of the world the fantastic opportunities our country has to offer.”

The.ML launch schedule was released during the ICANN meeting in Beijing, China. The launch schedule includes a Sunrise, Landrush and General Availability phase. Sunrise starts on the 1st of May 2013 and will last for one month until May 31st. Landrush will begin the following day and will end on July 14th 2013. General Availability starts on July 15th at the ICANN meeting in Durban, South Africa.

During Sunrise and Landrush, hundreds of generic and premium domain names will be released. People interested in developing and utilizing.ML domains are invited to contact the Registry to discuss strategic partnership opportunities.

General Availability will start on July 15th, at which point domain names will be available on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Resellers are not required to perform any technical integration for Sunrise and Landrush and can simply connect to the Registry via API or EPP in time for the General Availability. All phases of the ML launch are open to hosting providers, registrars and trademark protection agencies.