The company has signed a contribution agreement with the United Nations World Food Programme, on behalf of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, which it says further cements its commitment to support global disaster relief.
The Crisis Connectivity Charter is designed to help the humanitarian response community by improving their access to vital satellite-based communications when local networks are affected, destroyed or overloaded after a disaster.
Under the contribution agreements, signatories are now committing satellite equipment and capacity that will be dedicated for humanitarian purposes during emergency responses. The ETC, under the global leadership of the WFP, will be able to activate the charter when disaster strikes and identify which capacity and operator is available and best suited to a given region and need.
“Today, I am pleased to welcome the next operational phase of the Crisis Connectivity Charter, which will see the satellite industry commit dedicated equipment and pre-allocated bandwidth capacity for humanitarian purposes that can be activated within 24 hours of an ensuing crisis and cover all regions of the globe.”
Gudonis said Inmarsat’s continuing commitment to disaster relief included an 18-year relationship with United Nations-backed Télécoms Sans Frontières, the NGO emergency telecommunications agency, and, more recently, a partnership with Team Rubicon, an international NGO focused on serving vulnerable and at-risk populations affected by disaster.