UAE government makes 17-year, $5.1B commitment to Yahsat capacity & services; Yahsat’s ambition beyond UAE unclear

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The United Arab Emirates government, confirming its reputation as as solid-gold anchor customer for national satellite operator Yahsat, gave Yahsat the go-ahead for a 17-year, $5.1-billion contract to provide satellite capacity and managed services.

The contract brings Yahsat’s firm backlog to $7 billion, more than 16 times the company’s projected 2023 revenue.

The contract will succeed the current Capacity Services Agreement (CSA) and the Managed Services Mandate (MSM), which expire in late 2026, and will help finance . . .

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