|[April 12, 2016]
SES Donates VSAT Antenna to Friendship NGO to Deliver Connectivity in Rural Bangladesh
SES (News - Alert) S.A. (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), announced today the signature of
a VSAT antenna donation agreement with FRIENDSHIP Luxembourg NGO donated
by SES Techcom Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES.
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Gerhard Bethscheider Managing Director at SES Techcom Services
and Marc Elvinger CEO Friendship Luxembourg
(Credit: SES) (Photo: Business Wire)
SES Techcom Services recently partnered with FRIENDSHIP in Bangladesh to
install its state-of-the-art maritime VSAT antennas and to deploy
SATMED, the satellite-based e-health platform, on three FRIENDSHIP
hospital ships: 'Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital', 'Emirates Friendship
Hospital' and 'Rongdhonu Friendship Hospital' (formerly the Rainbow
The antenna installed on the Emirates Friendship Hospital is a donation
to FRIENDSHIP by SES. The newly-deployed e-health platform will enable
healthcare workers on FRIENDSHIP floating hospitals to connect to
doctors and gain access to medical knowledge from around the world,
provide medical counselling to marginalised communities through
telemedicine, provide e-learning services and efficiently manage
communications across their teams.
"Our SATMED deployment in Bangladesh is particularly notable, because
the population is living in an extremely remote and inaccessible area,"
said Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director of SES Techcom Services.
"These communities are completely isolated from any kind of connectivity
and we have attempted to change this by partnering with FRIENDSHIP to
deploy SATMED on their hospital ships using maritime VSATs. After
implementing SATMED platform tools and services, the ship hospitals -
via satellite connectivity - will be able to support and facilitate work
in the areas of e-care, e-learning, e-surveillance, e-health management,
and digital imaging."
"This partnership is a great illustration of how satellite technology
can benefit humanitarian initiatives," said Marc Elvinger, Chairman of
FRIENDSHIP Luxembourg. "With FRIENDSHIP's innovative healthcare model
and the SATMED connectivity, patients can nowbe remotely diagnosed by
experts thousands of miles away, and doctors and nurses can improve
their knowledge through online courses or life sessions. Lives can be
saved and changed through easy access to necessary information available
anywhere via the internet."
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with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. The company
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internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and
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customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service
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Friendship operates in Bangladesh since 2001, under the direction of its
Founder and Executive Director, Runa Khan.
The organisation provides support to the most marginalised communities
living in the remote riverine areas of Bangladesh. Its holistic
programmes cover Health, Education, Good Governance, Sustainable
Economic Development, Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Relief and
Disaster Preparedness as well as Cultural Preservation. Friendship's
action is based on five fundamental values: Dignity, Hope, Justice,
Integrity and Quality. The Luxembourg based entity of Friendship, the
first to have been incorporated outside Bangladesh, was set up in 2006.
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