TC Winston

Rescue teams get satellite communications equipment

Communications between government teams in the rescue and recovery effort post Tropical Cyclone Winston will improve following a donation made by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) yesterday. A statement from the Department of Information said ITU representative, Orhan Osmani presented 20 satellite phones and five Broadband Global Area Networks (BGAN) to Attorney-General Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Suva. The […]

Staff Writers

February 25, 2016 12:29 pm

Communications between government teams in the rescue and recovery effort post Tropical Cyclone Winston will improve following a donation made by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) yesterday.

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Satellite phones like these have been given to the Government. Photo: Google

A statement from the Department of Information said ITU representative, Orhan Osmani presented 20 satellite phones and five Broadband Global Area Networks (BGAN) to Attorney-General Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Suva.

The BGAN is a small device which will connect the government with the global satellite internet network from remote locations. The device which basically replaces heavy satellite dishes can be used anywhere and is about the size of a laptop.

Satellite Phones connect to orbiting satellites instead of land based communication towers which have now been destroyed by TC Winston.

The Attorney General thanked the ITU and said the donations were extremely useful given the extensive damage to the country’s communication links.

The assistance will help National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) re-establish communications to ensure timely intervention and support for the cyclone victims

This equipment will also assist in rescue and rehabilitation efforts and receive information from remote areas about the extent of damage sustained.”

Mr Osmani said communications was critical service in current circumstances and added the ITU recognised the urgent need to re-establishing contacts with areas.

It has world-wide coverage. The equipment will be very helpful for disaster rehabilitation and relief efforts in islands

It is for quick response. It will help to coordinate activities when work is undertaken to fix networks and people can communicate with each other.

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