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Thuraya aids Japan relief efforts

Company deploys satellite handheld phones to relief organisations

Thuraya has deployed handheld satellite phones to relief organisations in Japan.
Thuraya has deployed handheld satellite phones to relief organisations in Japan.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), in coordination with Thuraya has deployed satellite communication equipment to enable relief efforts in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country recently.

Thuraya has been providing Thuraya IP and satellite handheld phones to government organisations undertaking the search and rescue efforts.

"Thuraya has always played a pivotal role in providing reliable communications during and after natural disasters to facilitate search and rescue operations and assist humanitarian efforts within our 140-country coverage area. Thuraya IP is easily deployable, rugged and backed by a robust satellite network ensuring that government organisations, NGOs and other consumers are able to perform their daily activities during such difficult times. We are proud to be able to assist the Japanese people following the earthquake through our relationship with the ITU and our solutions," said Thuraya's vice president Corporate and Marketing Communications, Ebrahim K Ebrahim.

According to Thuraya, the company's IP is the world's smallest satellite broadband solution which offers data services in a compact terminal. The Thuraya satellite phones have a user-friendly interface and provide GPS navigation and data services in addition to voice services.

"The power of sustainable partnerships continues to manifest itself as the international community rallies behind countries affected by natural disasters. Our profound appreciation goes to all our partners, and Thuraya is a long-standing contributor to the ITU Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies across the globe. Recently, Thuraya generously contributed to our efforts to save lives in Samoa, Uganda, Malawi, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Japan in the immediate aftermath of devastating disasters," said head of the ITU's Division for Emergency Telecommunications, Cosmos Zavazava.