Intelsat details Caribbean, US hurricane relief effort

Tuesday 24 October 2017 | 10:09 CET | News

Intelsat has announced its support of a series of organisations providing relief services in the Caribbean as well as helping local and US businesses recover from the three hurricanes that devastated the regions. The company is providing communications services using its globalised network and IntelsatOne Flex managed service, the Intelsat Epic high throughput satellites and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network to quickly deliver bandwidth to communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

In Puerto Rico, capacity was allocated to provide connectivity from New York to the devastated island and the company delivered broadband capabilities to first responders throughout the region. On Saint John, in the US Virgin Islands, Intelsat is supporting the Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT), an international NGO that responds quickly in the wake of disasters to provide medical assistance, communications access and search and rescue support. Global DIRT is using IntelsatOne Flex services, antennas and kits donated by Intelsat to support communications at multiple sites, including a medical clinic.

Intelsat is also helping return communications to normal levels in Puerto Rico, including working with AT&T and Verizon to provide VSAT services to restore communications for enterprise customers. The company's Ku-band broadband service is helping banks and pharmacies open for customers again as well as providing communications support for the Puerto Rican government and FEMA, said Intelsat.

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