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January 11th, 2017

Thuraya Pumps Up Preparedness... Emergency Response Equipment to International Telecommunication Union

Always be prepared, anticipate your needs in the event of an emergency, and so with that thought Thuraya Telecommunications Company, has donated new supplies of emergency telecommunication equipment to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) under the decade old Emergency Telecommunications support arrangement.

The donation of this equipment will strengthen the ITU’s capacity in natural disaster preparedness, search and rescue, and response through the use of state-of-the-art mobile satellite communication equipment. The donation, which includes Thuraya XT- LITE handsets, SatSleeve+ and SatSleeve Hotspot units, are compliant and pass the requirements of disaster affected regions.

Thuraya’s satellite equipment will enhance the scale at which the ITU can deploy mobile communications to assist countries affected by disasters, and strengthen response, relief and recovery interventions.

Thuraya’s Chief Commercial Officer Bilal Hamoui said, “We remain deeply committed to continuing our involvement in emergency communications programs, and to strengthening our partnership with the ITU. At Thuraya, we strongly believe in our purpose to save and improve lives and we also believe that if we continue to get our technology into more of the right hands at the right time, we can save even more lives.”

Most recently, in 2016, the ITU deployed Thuraya terminals in flood-stricken Sri Lanka. These units were used to support relief and coordination efforts on the ground during the torrential rains that caused loss of lives and destruction to infrastructure.
Hamoui emphasized the need to go beyond the simple provisioning of handsets and terminals, “Yes, we do donate Thuraya terminals, but our contribution doesn’t end there. We also provide additional capacity over the affected area; and technical training support. Giving people equipment they don’t know how to use or cannot afford defeats the purpose of the donation.”

ITU Chief, Projects and Knowledge Management Department Dr. Cosmas Zavazava stated, “We thank Thuraya for their generous contribution and continuous support. The role of telecommunications in disaster risk reduction, and response is critical in order to improve preparedness, and the timely flow of crucial information needed for appropriate assistance to be delivered before, during and after a disaster occurs.

“For this reason, we are vigorously forging partnerships with the private sector to organize activities related to disaster mitigation with the aim of saving lives. We are working to help countries to preserve and save human life, as well as create a better life for their citizens. ITU is also supporting countries by ensuring that technology helps in environmental protection, climate change mitigation, and e-waste management. Resilient partnerships such as the one we have with Thuraya help us get results.”