TSF supports relief efforts in Dominica

Wednesday 4 October 2017 | 10:51 CET | News
Inmarsat-sponsored Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) was on the ground in Dominica to provide emergency telecoms support when the Caribbean was hit by Hurricane Maria, the second category five hurricane within weeks. TSF was also present in Saint-Martin after Hurricane Irma to provide emergency connection to the island. Hurricane Maria hit landfall on 19 September and with Dominica bearing the full force of its 160mph winds, TSF installed an Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) terminal in island's capital Roseau to ensure that vital connectivity was available for the relief community across the city.

International relief teams from France, Cuba and Venezuela have been utilising the high-speed capacity of GX to coordinate relief efforts. In just over a week, 72GB of data were transferred via the network to help distribution coordination, provision of relief supplies and the mobilisation of logistics to reach the more remote areas of the country.

As a key player in the national relief mechanism, TSF has been included in the Dominican Government’s plan to improve coordination through reinforced communication. Its team will work alongside the authorities to dispatch Inmarsat IsatPhone handheld satellite phones to help with the flow of information.TSF said it's also helping to help reconnect the local community, carrying out calling operations in the town for families who have not yet been able to contact their relatives.

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