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ITU deploys satellite communication equipment to the Philippines

ITU has dispatched emergency telecommunications equipment to areas severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan -- one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded -- which tore through the Visayas region of central Philippines on Friday with deadly...


November 15, 2013  


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ITU has dispatched emergency telecommunications equipment to areas severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan — one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded — which tore through the Visayas region of central Philippines on Friday with deadly force, making landfall five times, in the provinces of Eastern Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Panay Island and Palawan.

The combination of powerful winds and seawater has devastated buildings, communities and families.

“Damage to critical telecommunications infrastructure has made rapid assessment difficult, and authorities are still determining casualty figures. Given the extent of the damage it could be weeks or months before physical telecommunications infrastructure is repaired or replaced,” the organization said in a release.

ITU has deployed 50 Thuraya satellite phones equipped with GPS to facilitate search and rescue efforts, along with 30 Iridium satellite phones, 20 Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network terminals, and a Qualcomm CDMA base station. The equipment can be charged by car batteries and is also supplied with solar panels to enable operation during power outages.