Yahsat hosts forum on humanitarian use of satellite broadband
Yahsat Enabling through Connectivity Forum aimed to increase collaboration on satellite services
UAE satellite operator Yahsat has hosted a forum to discuss the importance of broadband connectivity for humanitarian projects in Jordan and its neighboring regions.
The ‘Enabling through Connectivity' Forum in Amman, was held in association with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the UAE Embassy in Jordan.
The forum discussed initiatives to support humanitarian emergency response and sustainable development projects, with the primary focus being to bring reliable broadband connectivity to facilitate the provision of basic services such as healthcare and education in Jordan and its neighboring regions.
The forum was officially inaugurated by the UAE Ambassador to Jordan, His Excellency Mattar Saif Al Shamsi. Also in attendance were representatives from international humanitarian bodies such as UNRWA, UNICEF, WFP, and UNOPS along with Jordanian NGOs such as the Jordan River Foundation, RHAS, Johud, and Hayat Education Fund.
The event focused on the benefits of satellite broadband to previously unconnected and under-served communities, including economic and social benefits and provision of basic services such as healthcare and education.
The discussions aimed to encourage collaboration among industry players to create opportunities for greater digital inclusion by providing reliable broadband connectivity, and to bring innovative solutions to enhance humanitarian emergency response services.
Najat Abdulrahman, Executive Vice President of Global Strategic Business Development at Yahsat, said: "Fast, reliable and accessible connectivity is essential for governments and enterprises for ensuring successful implementation of socio-economic development projects. Yahsat is committed to the provision of customizable end-to-end sustainable solutions in addition to reliable and economical connectivity that are designed to facilitate rapid deployment of mission-critical applications particularly when it comes to humanitarian emergency response in this region."
Abdulrahman also discussed the impact of sustainable development projects in Asia and Africa, where through collaborations between Yahsat, its local service partners and government agencies, e-learning, e-health, and community internet access have become a reality. These include providing connectivity to remote libraries in South Africa, e-learning to Maasai community schools in Kenya and adult learning opportunities through the Karakoram Area Development Organisation in northern Pakistan.