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ITU deploys satellite terminals in Uganda (October 2007)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

ITU deployed 25 satellite terminals to help restore crucial communication links in areas of Uganda. Uganda was among the nations hit hardest by floods that swept across 17 countries in Africa in October 2007. Around 300,000 people lost their homes or crops after heavy rainfall which led to flooding and water-logging in northern, central and eastern parts of the country. Most households affected by the flooding are dependent on subsistence agriculture and reside in areas in which basic services are already overstretched.

The Government was compelled to declare a state of emergency after several districts were ravaged by torrential rains and flash floods that took lives, destroyed roads and communication links, and submerged crops.

The ITU Emergency Telecommunications assistance to Uganda comprised Thuraya hand-held satellite phones and Inmarsat Global Area Network (GAN) terminals. The Thuraya satellite phones use both satellite and GSM networks and also provide accurate GPS positioning coordinates to aid relief and rescue. The Inmarsat GAN terminals are mainly used for voice communications and, in some cases, can be used for high-speed data. ITU pays for all expenses, including transportation of the equipment and usage.

Emergency telecommunications is crucial for government and humanitarian aid agencies involved in rapid response rescue operations, medical assistance and recovery.

Crossing flood waters in places where bridges have been washed away Trying to get across an over-flowing river. A group of marooned Ugandans attempting to reach safer areas after their dwellings have been swept away by the floods


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