YahClick Launches Ka-band Satellite Broadband Services in Pakistan

YahClick — a UAE based satellite broadband internet company that has coverage in 28 countries — has announced that it will be offering its Ka-band satellite broadband services in Pakistan.

YahClick said that it has partnered with Super Net and Click Sat as its local partners for provision of satellite broadband services for Pakistani individual users and corporations.

Pakistani users can approach these local partners if they want to avail satellite broadband services.

YahClick — that has been operating in Pakistan with soft launch — has already grabbed couple of thousands of customers. Its satellite broadband services are being used at 154 ATMs for banks that are located at country’s most isolated locations.

What is Satellite Broadband Internet?

Unlike conventional internet means, satellite internet requires no cables, towers or fiber or any other form of network to operate.

You are suppose to have required ground equipment (dish and modem) and that’s it. You can go around almost anywhere — within 28 covered countries — to use the internet without the fear or running out of coverage, network breakage or any form of vandalism.

Satellite internet, due to its nature of communication, is more expensive than usual internet means. Its usually not meant for commoners and businesses working in remote and isolated locations — where there’s no other internet — tend to rely on satellite broadband.

Media houses, NGOs, banks operating in remote locations, drilling companies are few examples of potential satellite broadband customers.

Equipment Required to Operate Satellite Broadband

Primarily you will require following equipment to get satellite broadband access.

  • Outdoor Satellite Dish (of 74cm or 98cm)
  • Block Up Converter (BUC) fixed on the dish
  • Indoor Modem (and a Wireless Switch for WiFi Coverage)
  • And a laptop/desktop machine with Ethernet card (or WiFi if you have wireless switch installed)

Bigger dishes (98cm) are used for stronger signals at locations close to edge of coverage. Indoor modems also come with different number of ports.

Costs of Satellite Broadband Internet

Both YahClick partners in Pakistan are offering satellite equipment (dish antenna and modem) on rental as well as on full payment, making it more viable for users and businesses to use internet at remote locations.

While final and confirmed pricing can be obtained from respective YahClick partners, below is an estimate of what you should expect:

Equipment Cost 

  • 74cm Dish with up to 3 Port Modem: Around Rs. 60,000
  • 74cm Dish with up to 20 Port Modem: Around Rs. 75,000
  • 98cm Dish with up to 3 Port Modem: Around Rs. 75,000
  • 98cm Dish with up to 20 Port Modem: Around Rs. 90,000
  • 120cm Dish with up to 20 Port Modem: Around Rs. 120,000

Satellite Bandwidth: 

Once you have the equipment, you can subscribe to various YahClick Satellite broadband plans available, which look like following:

Volume Based Packages:

  • 2Mbps download / 256Kbps upload – 5GB monthly Limit: Rs. 9,000
  • 2Mbps download / 256Kbps upload – 10GB monthly Limit: Rs. 16,000
  • 5Mbps download / 768Kbps upload – 20GB monthly Limit: Rs. 29,000
  • 5Mbps download / 1Mbps upload – 30GB monthly Limit: Rs. 43,000
  • 7Mbps download / 1Mbps upload – 50GB monthly Limit: Rs. 75,000
  • 7Mbps download / 1Mbps upload – 100GB monthly Limit: Rs. 150,000

These rates are for per month and excluding taxes

Unlimited Packages:

  • 2Mbps download / 512Kbps upload – Unlimited: Rs. 170,000
  • 5Mbps download / 1.5Mbps upload – Unlimited: Rs. 460,000
  • 15Mbps download / 2.5Mbps upload – Unlimited: Rs. 730,000

These rates are for per month and excluding taxes

Equipment on Rental:

YahClick partners, as mentioned above, also offer satellite equipment on per month rental bases. Meaning that equipment (dish, modem and other items) will be rented out to you on monthly basis and you just have to pay the rent — for the equipment and the bandwidth — that will depend upon the broadband plan you will select.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK