Hispasat helps restore communications in hurricane-hit Caribbean

Thursday 5 October 2017 | 14:31 CET | News

Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has joined forces with a number of companies including Digicel, VT iDirect, Cisco and Red52 to provide critical communications in the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The storms knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines across the Caribbean region, above all in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Hispasat said it helped deploy a high-speed satellite network to aid local relief efforts based on capacity donated from its Amazonas 3 satellite, ground infrastructure from VT iDirect, Cisco VoIP networking and Red52’s satellite teleport services. The network will be used by mobile operator Digicel to provide immediate restoration of mobile services and community support, providing families, first responders and relief workers with internet access, as well as voice and video capacity.

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