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June 8th, 2010

Australian Satellite Communications + Cobham... A Counter Chaos Connection

[SatNews] Australian Satellite Communications (ASC) and global satellite equipment company Cobham SATCOM have announced the launch of ReadyCONNECT(tm), a portable, quick-deploy emergency response solution. ReadyCONNECT can be set up in 10 minutes with always-available bandwidth, providing an instant solution for voice, video, private networks and Internet access, and eliminating the communications chaos that has typically followed recent natural disasters in the Pacific region.

ASC Managing Director Chris Joseland said that ReadyCONNECT makes emergency response possible even when all other communications systems fail. “Volcanic eruptions in Iceland, mudslides in Papua New Guinea, earthquakes, bushfires and tsunamis around the globe: when these occur communications services can be wiped out for days, weeks or even months,” Joseland said. “ReadyCONNECT™ offers a one-stop shop for emergency communica tion – you don’t have to go looking for a bandwidth-on-demand provider. It’s all activated and ready to go when you need it.”

ReadyCONNECT is available off the shelf in four flyaway cases and includes two days per month of two-way satellite communication and training in the subscription price. Cobham already provides similar services to hundreds of emergency response organizations in the U.S.A. and its equipment has been used by first responders in the Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and thousands of other deployments. The ReadyCONNECT Comms Unit automatically accesses an always-available pool of bandwidth on the satellite as required. On the ground, users can either connect directly to the unit or via the inbuilt wireless access point, providing increased local area coverage and greater flexibility, with eight phone lines or more if required.