ITU and Iridium enhance telecoms capacity for emergencies

The donation consists of 25 satellite phones and batteries
Haoulin Zhao, secretary general at the ITU.
Haoulin Zhao, secretary general at the ITU.

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Iridium Communications, a satellite communications company that offers global voice and data communications coverage, has donated new emergency telecommunication equipment to ITU.

The donation consists of 25 satellite phones and batteries and it aims to strengthen ITU’s telecommunication capacity in response to natural disasters.

"We thank Iridium for this generous contribution," said ITU secretary-general Houlin Zhao. "This new equipment donation, combined with the reliability of the Iridium network, will greatly boost ITU’s capacity in deploying telecommunications during emergencies and will strengthen response and recovery mechanisms.”

“Iridium’s donation comes at a critical time when natural disasters are on the increase,” said Brahima Sanou, director of the ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau. “This partnership confirms our continued commitment to using technology to save lives.”

“The work ITU is doing in Nepal, as well as in other disaster-stricken areas, is vital,” said Mr Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium. “After an event such as this series of earthquakes, much of the telecom infrastructure is often damaged or destroyed, making the need for communications supported by a global, reliable satellite network crucial to the recovery work that will occur in the days and weeks to come. We’re proud to be a part of this work and hope our contributions will help with the relief and rebuilding efforts.”

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