Intelsat Joins in Historic Charter to Support Humanitarian Efforts

By Dianne VanBeber, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations

Intelsat plays a vital role in recovery efforts after nearly every natural disaster, globally.  For example, we donated satellite solutions in support of:

Red Cross & Team Rubicon Relief Efforts in Nepal
NetHope’s Disaster Recovery Efforts in Vanuatu
Humanitarian Relief Efforts in the Philippines
Communications to Haiti Following the Devastating Earthquake

This is because of our unmatched world-wide coverage, and the ability of satellite to provide nearly instant broadband infrastructure.  However, in many instances, restoration of communications is slowed because hardware to receive the satellite signals is not pre-positioned, it gets sidelined in customs or there are other logistical challenges to get the hardware into the disaster zone.

The Crisis Connectivity Charter signed today with a consortium of global organizations, led by the UN and coordinated by ESOA and the GVF, is meant to overcome many of these hurdles.  Accelerating the response time will demonstrate the important role that satellite continues to serve in the global telecommunications infrastructure.

We are proud to be part of this agreement, and even more so of our continuing role in supporting first responders during times of crisis.

Pictured is Franz Russ, Director Infrastructure Procurement, signing the charter on behalf of Intelsat.

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