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. FTMSC Signs Partnership With Telecoms Sans Frontieres

A Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) in Lebabnon.
by Staff Writers
Geneva (SPX) Jan 24, 2007
France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications (FTMSC) and Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) have signed a partnership for the development of emergency mobile satellite communications solutions. The two companies announced the news at International Aid and Trade, a trade show dedicated to humanitarian aid, relief and development in Geneva from 24-25 January 2007.

FTMSC develops and markets mobile satellite voice and data communications solutions (email, internet, videoconferencing, etc.) all over the world, particularly in regions with limited GSM and terrestrial telecoms infrastructure. These solutions cater for NGOs often operating in isolated areas or places where conflict or natural disasters cause a breakdown in traditional communications.

These solutions enable NGO employees to set up an emergency telecoms centre in minutes, optimise emergency aid processes and increase the efficiency of humanitarian missions. As official partner to TSF, FTMSC provides the NGO with a range of satellite terminals as well as a fixed amount of traffic credit for use by teams in the field.

Specialising in emergency telecoms, Telecoms Sans Frontieres plays an essential role in strengthening coordination and communications by deploying telecoms centres in the 24 hour period following a major incident.

In this way, TSF uses FTMSC's satellite solutions to enable local populations to communicate with family and friends, locate each other more easily and reassure and raise morale in crisis situations.

TSF also supports fellow humanitarian associations in their missions: its telecoms centres facilitate coordination between NGO workers, enables teams in the field to exchange information more easily and quickly, and support teams to better determine necessary resources for deployment.

They also enable images of conflicts or natural disasters to be transmitted to media agencies and awareness to be raised around the world.

"Satellite solutions represent an important asset in crisis situations. The fact that they take just a few minutes to deploy anywhere in the world, even in very difficult conditions, enables us to significantly support local populations and humanitarian workers," stated Jean-François Cazenave, President of TSF.

"We are delighted to contribute to emergency aid through the satellite communications solutions that we provide TSF, and as the leading emergency telecoms association, we are very proud of the trust they put in us," adds Erik Ceuppens, CEO, FTMSC.

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