Inmarsat And Hughes Support ITU Disaster Relief Efforts With $1.3 Million Donation
Inmarsat and Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), today announced they have donated mobile satellite communications technology and services to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for use in developing nations facing natural and man-made disasters. The donation includes 30 , manufactured by Hughes, and $1.2 million worth of satellite airtime from Inmarsat, leveraging the . Hughes and Inmarsat will also provide technical training to ITU personnel so they can deliver a turn-key communications solution for humanitarian aid workers responding to emergencies anywhere in the world.
Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, ITU, said:
Rajeev Suri, CEO, Inmarsat, said:
“Satellite communications are a lifeline in the aftermath of disasters, ensuring that relief efforts can be deployed rapidly, even when terrestrial communications have been knocked-out. We have immense gratitude for the vital work the ITU and their partner organisations do around the world to help communities facing disaster and conflict. We look forward to continuing this partnership, to help more communities and humanitarian workers in their hour of need.”
Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes, said:
Within the first hours of a disaster or conflict, the ITU will lend the mobile satellite terminals to relief teams that can use the rugged, portable devices and Inmarsat satellite capacity to set up voice and data connectivity where it’s needed most for rescue and relief efforts. With access to global satellite capacity and 30 terminals, the ITU will be able to deploy satellite connectivity to support multiple communities in need at any one time.