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 Friday, May 23, 2008

Geneva, 22 May 2008 

The International Telecommunication Union has deployed 100 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in the aftermath of the severe earthquake that struck central China on 12 May 2008. The 8.0-magnitude quake in Sichuan province of China killed more than 40 000 people and injured hundreds of thousands, with many still missing ten days after the tragedy. The quake, which destroyed infrastructure and telecommunications lines, disrupted electricity and transport, brought down buildings and rendered nearly 5 million people homeless, is the country's worst natural disaster in three decades.

With the restoration of communication links, designated government officials and other humanitarian agencies are now able to more efficiently coordinate relief operations. The mobile satellite terminals are easily transported by road and air to be used both by humanitarian workers and the victims of this disaster.

For more information go to TMCnet at  http://asia.tmcnet.com/news/2008/05/22/3460835.htm

 

Friday, May 23, 2008 9:09:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

22nd May 2008

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed 100 satellite phones to help restore vital communication links in the aftermath of the severe earthquake that struck central China. The quake, which destroyed infrastructure and telecommunications lines, disrupted electricity and transport, brought down buildings and rendered nearly 5 million people homeless, is the country's worst natural disaster in three decades.

 

With the restoration of communication links, designated government officials and other humanitarian agencies are now able to more efficiently coordinate relief operations. The mobile satellite terminals are easily transported by road and air to be used both by humanitarian workers and the victims of this disaster.able to more efficiently coordinate relief operations. The mobile satellite terminals are easily transported by road and air to be used both by humanitarian workers and the victims of this disaster.

For more information, go to Cellular News at http://www.cellular-news.com/story/31314.php

Friday, May 23, 2008 9:03:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
May 23, 2008

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed 100 satellite terminals in China to help restore vital communication links in the aftermath of the severe earthquake that hit on May 12, the UN agency said on Thursday.

The 8.0-magnitude quake in the southwest Sichuan province killed tens of thousands of people and also destroyed infrastructure and telecommunications lines, disrupted electricity and transport.

The mobile satellite terminals are easily transported by road and air to be used both by humanitarian workers and the victims of this disaster.

With the restoration of communication links, designated government officials and other humanitarian agencies are now able to more efficiently coordinate relief operations, ITU said in a statement.

For more information, go to People's Daily Online at http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90776/6416624.html

Friday, May 23, 2008 9:01:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Source: Reliefweb

Date: 22 May 2008

Emergency health kits capable of providing assistance to 30,000 people for up to one month have been rushed into the quake-affected areas of Sichuan province in China by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

One hundred satellite terminals have been deployed to provide accurate coordination of relief and rescue operations by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as UN aid agencies continue their humanitarian efforts.

State media report that over 41,000 people lost their lives as a result of the massive temblor on 12 May, which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. Some 32,000 people are missing, while more than 250,000 others have sustained injuries. Roughly 5 million people have been left homeless.

ITU said the 100 mobile satellite terminals they are supplying are easily transported by road and air and can be used by both humanitarian workers and quake victims.

‘I would like to assure the Government that ITU is ready to provide expertise in carrying out telecommunication network damage assessments aimed at paving the way for the rehabilitation of the damaged telecommunications structure,’ said Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.

The hand-held Thuraya satellite phones use both satellite and GSM networks and can provide accurate GPS coordinates to support relief and rescue efforts.

For more information, go to Reliefweb at http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/EGUA-7EVNSV?OpenDocument

Friday, May 23, 2008 8:56:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Monday, 19 May 2008, 11:38

The International Telecommunication Union has deployed 100 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar on 2 May with devastating effect in Yangon and the low-lying Irrawaddy delta region. 

With the restoration of communication links, designated government officials and other humanitarian agencies are able to more efficiently coordinate relief operations. The mobile terminals are easily transported by road and air to be used both by humanitarian workers and the victims of this disaster.

Tin Htwe, director-general of the Posts & Telecommunications Department of Myanmar, comments: "In the light of the level of damage caused by Nargis, we warmly welcome ITU's offer of assistance."
Cosmas Zavazava, chief of ITU's Division for Emergency Telecommunications, says: "In confronting the global challenge of climate change, we are intensifying our activities in integrating information and communication technologies in disaster preparedness, including early warning and disaster relief, so as to save human lives.
"Since July last year, we have provided ICT relief services to the Americas, Africa, and Asia and Pacific regions." ITU is providing both 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, for high-speed data. ITU pays for all expenses, including transportation of the equipment and usage."

For more information, go to IT-Online at http://it-online.co.za/content/view/287432/142/

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 9:59:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

20 May 2008 at 14:43

News, Disaster Management, ITU, Satellite, Myanmar: Controversy has marked the relief efforts in Myanmar's recent cyclone tragedy. One encouraging sign is that ITU satellite terminals are restoring vital communications links. The International Telecommunication Union has deployed 100 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis which hit Myanmar on May 2 with devastating effect in Yangon and the low-lying Irrawaddy delta region.

Thousands were killed, and thousands more are injured and missing. High winds cut electricity and destroyed roads and communications links, hampering the coordination and delivery of assistance. With the restoration of communication links, designated government officials and other humanitarian agencies are able to more efficiently coordinate relief operations. The mobile terminals are easily transported by road and air to be used both by humanitarian workers and the victims of this disaster.

"I am very disturbed by the high frequency of disasters across the globe," said Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau. "This particular disaster, like the tsunami of 2004, struck on a weekend when most of the agencies that could provide assistance least expected it." Expressing his deep condolences to the government and people of Myanmar, Mr Al Basheer said: "I am however, heartened by the fact that ITU was one of the very first agencies to arrive in Myanmar with telecommunications resources."

For more information, go to Developing Telecoms at http://www.developingtelecoms.com/content/view/1240/26/

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 9:38:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 25, 2007

By NNN-UNNS

United Nations : The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Wednesday joined forces with a communications firm and a business organisation to employ satellites to bolster the global response to natural disasters.

The poor – especially those living in remote and isolated areas – are most vulnerable to calamities, which wreak havoc and impede sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts.

“Satellite communication provides a platform to deliver a wide range of services and applications even to remote areas,” said Hamadoun Touré, ITU’s Secretary-General.

Last year alone, nearly 22,000 people lost their lives due to natural disasters, with 95 per cent of the deaths occurring in the least developed countries.

“In the digital age, we are able to provide an [information and communications technology] lifeline to disaster victims and humanitarian personnel entrusted with coordinating rescue and relief operations, especially when terrestrial communications infrastructure is disrupted, overloaded or destroyed,” Dr. Touré said.

In the new scheme, satellite provider ICO Global Communications will provide airtime on its F2 satellite – through voice and other telecommunication methods – to effectively respond to disasters, while the Commonwealth Business Council supply content and oversee the entrepreneurial skill development initiative.

ITU will manage and coordinate emergency telecommunications, as well as provide an hour’s worth of airtime daily to assist countries in their preparedness efforts, convey early-warning information and elicit quick response. Should a disaster occur, this hour-long window will be extended as needed.

For more information go to Indian Muslims (Indian Muslim News and Information) at http://www.indianmuslims.info/news/2007/jun/21/un_backed_partnership_aims_use_satellites_bolster_global_diaster_response.html

Monday, June 25, 2007 8:58:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Geneva, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is forging agreements to use satellite communications for improved global response in the face of natural disasters.

Natural calamities have spread mayhem around the world, severely impacting the lives of people and the environment.

The recent spate of tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides and forest fires have left behind a legacy of lost and broken lives, economic upheaval and sheer devastation.

This, says a ITU press release, leads to long-lasting impediments to sustainable development and global efforts for poverty reduction. The poor, especially those living in remote and isolated areas, are the most vulnerable and disaster-prone.

In 2006 alone, 21.8 million people succumbed to natural disasters, with 95 per cent of those killed residing in least developed countries.

Economic losses for USD 65 billion were recorded worldwide.

One of ITU s agreements provides for ICO Global Communications to give airtime on their F2 satellite for disaster prevention and effective response in the aftermath of natural disasters through both voice communications and other telecommunication applications, including telemedicine.

An hour's airtime will be provided every day for use through ITU to help countries maintain preparedness, provide early-warning information and elicit quick response.

In the event of a disaster, this time will be adjusted according to demand to facilitate rescue and rehabilitation efforts.

Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-general of ITU says "Satellite communication provides a platform to deliver a wide range of services and applications even to remote areas. In the digital age, we are able to provide an ICT lifeline to disaster victims and humanitarian personnel entrusted with coordinating rescue and relief operations, especially when terrestrial communications infrastructure is disrupted, overloaded or destroyed."

While ITU will manage and coordinate emergency telecommunications, the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) will provide content and manage the entrepreneurial skill development programme.

For more information, go to Prensa Latina at  http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7B64D32E0C-77D7-4522-96D0-9AB08B19A717%7D)&language=EN

Monday, June 25, 2007 8:40:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |