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ITU: ITU deploys satellite communications to prepare for hurricane in Haiti
[November 05, 2010]

ITU: ITU deploys satellite communications to prepare for hurricane in Haiti

Geneva,, Nov 05, 2010 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- ITU has dispatched thirty broadband satellite terminals to Haiti as the country prepares for hurricane Tomas, which is expected to strike its shores today. Meteorological authorities have placed Haiti on Red alert as the storm gathers strength over the Caribbean Sea. The impending storm places additional risk on the people of Haiti who are already suffering from the impact of the devastating earthquake which struck the country on 12 January this year.

The satellite terminals are part of the overall hurricane preparedness efforts underway in Haiti. The equipment, which will be deployed initially for a year, will be managed by CONATEL, the Haitian telecommunication regulatory agency. The equipment is intended to support relevant governmental and non-state humanitarian agencies in accordance with requirements on the ground.

The terminals being deployed have a high-speed data capability that is suitable for advanced telemedicine applications and will be useful to monitor and address ongoing health concerns in Haiti as with the recent cholera epidemic.

The terminals will also be used to support the overall recovery effort in Haiti as well as to strengthen early warning capabilities.

Re-establishing communications is a critical tool in disaster management to ensure timely dissemination of authoritative information to government entities and aid agencies involved in rescue and rehabilitation efforts. ITU is working with emergency communications partners Iridium Communications and Inmarsat to ensure connectivity for satellite handsets, which will be used by local authorities to facilitate humanitarian assistance to disaster victims. ITU pays for the transportation of the equipment and for the air-time for its use.

For more information, please contact: Sanjay Acharya Chief, Media Relations and Public Information ITU Tel: +41 22 730 5046 Mobile: +41 79 249 4861 Fax: +41 22 730 5939 E-mail: [email protected] Cosmas Zavazava Chief of Division Emergency Telecommunications ITU Tel: + 41 22 730 5447 E-mail: [email protected] Visit our Web site at ((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties. Further information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at on the world wide web. Inquiries to [email protected].

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