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ITU deploys Satellite Terminals in Bangladesh (September 2007)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

ITU deployed 30 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in remote and underserved areas of Bangladesh, which were recently ravaged by floods.

Since the start of the monsoon season this year, nearly two-thirds of Bangladesh — a delta nation of 140 million people — was inundated with flood water, bringing death and devastation across the country. Response efforts were hampered by damaged roads and airstrips, and lack of telecommunications facilities.

Need for Early warning system to protect lives and income

Residents of the largely impoverished districts in the affected areas said that advance notice of floods could help them ward off some of the worst impacts of rising waters. If they had sufficient warning, they could harvest at least a portion of their ripening crops, move some livestock to safety; encircle fish ponds with nets to prevent fish from escaping, and stock food and other supplies. The best prevention flood-hit developing countries can implement involves educating people and communicating impending floods on time. In Bangladesh, many still have no access to flood information. Effective early warning is a necessity.

ITU pays for all expenses which include the transportation of the equipment, training, and usage. All terminals, which are from Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company,  are dedicated mainly to voice communication. They are equipped with solar panels to provide an independent source of energy.

 Bangladeshi telecommunications engineers testing the satellite telephones immediately after their training in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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