Yahsat launches Project SKY for D2D in Africa

05 March 2024

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has launched a new strategy called ‘Project SKY’ which aims to provide voice, SMS, and data services to smartphone users and IoT devices directly from satellites via Direct-to-Device (D2D), in Africa.

The project includes two phases. In the first phase, Yahsat plans to use its satellites in geostationary Earth orbit to deliver voice and messaging capabilities this year, before rolling out texting and IoT capabilities to smartphones in 2025. Called ‘BlueStar,’ the second phase will see the establishment of a constellation of satellites to provide complete D2D connectivity.

In Africa, this initiative should help improve access to mobile connectivity services. Space technology offers greater reach, making it possible to reach even populations living in rural, remote areas and difficult to access for the terrestrial network of telecom operators.

Meeting growing demand and connecting the previously unconnected is expected to enable Yahsat to increase its revenues as it accelerates efforts to venture into emerging sectors with high potential for lucrative growth. The company is one of the founding members of the Mobile Satellite Services Association (MSSA) launched on 9 February with the aim of promoting the D2D ecosystem across the world.