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 Monday, 25 June 2007

June 21, 2007: International satellite communications for disaster avoidance and relief will be established after a joint agreement this week between the ICO Global Communications and the Commonwealth Business Council for the ‘democratisation of knowledge.’

According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), in 2006 alone 21,800 people succumbed to natural disasters while millions of homes and businesses were lost.

Under the agreement, ICO Global Communications will provide airtime on their F2 satellite for disaster prevention and effective response through both communications and other telecommunication applications. The ITU will be granted an hour’s airtime to assist countries in maintain their preparedness and early-warning information for effective response.

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