Press release: ITU and Iridium enhance telecommunication capacity for emergencies following natural disasters

Iridium donates new emergency telecommunication equipment to ITU

Geneva, 20 May 2015 – Iridium Communications Inc, a satellite communications company that offers global voice and data communications coverage, has donated new emergency telecommunication equipment to ITU. The donation, which consists of 25 satellite phones and batteries, will strengthen ITU’s telecommunication capacity in response to natural disasters. Iridium, a long-standing member of ITU, has been assisting ITU with emergency telecommunication since 2007, when the first Iridium hand-held mobile satellite phones and solar batteries were donated to the Union. “We thank Iridium for this generous contribution,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.  “This new equipment donation, combined with the reliability of the Iridium network, will greatly boost ITU’s capacity in deploying telecommunications during emergencies and will strengthen response and recovery mechanisms.”

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