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Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC)

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) - headed globally by the World Food Programme (WFP) - is a multinational network of humanitarian, government and private sector organizations that work together to provide communication services in humanitarian emergencies. The ETC collaborates with local telecommunication providers and leading technology companies to ensure a secure and stable connectivity environment is upheld in the aftermath of a crisis.

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Satellite communication strengthens disaster response in Philippines

Active volcano Mount Mayon as seen from the Legaspi Airport in September 2013. Image: NOAA/CC BY.

First disaster responders in the Philippines now have access to mobile satellite equipment that’s more powerful and easier to deploy than ever before.

Since 2017, emergency responders have been working with communications company Inmarsat, the UK Space Agency and a consortium of NGO partners to institutionalize satellite communications into disaster response mechanisms in the country, which is regularly hit by natural disasters.

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Mon, 14/05/2018 - 11:02

European Data Relay System services for Copernicus

Sentinel-2A's Laser Terminal (Image: ESA)

The European Union Copernicus programme will be supported by services of the European Data Relay System (EDRS) according to a recent press release. ESA and Airbus DS have signed a service level agreement on 20 February 2015 to provide high-speed communications to the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and -2 dedicated missions, starting in 2015 until 2021, with an option for extension until 2028.

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Thu, 26/02/2015 - 12:22

Mongolia Information Technology, Post and Telecommunication Authority (ITPTA)

ITPTA is a policy making body of the government of Mongolia responsible for communication and early warning systems. They established an Earthquake Early Warning System for the Mongolia National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on a trial basis at 12 locations in 3 provinces around Ulaan Baator, which will be operational by the end of 2014. ITPTA plans to integrate their system with an existing operational early warning system in The Research Centre for Astronomy and Geophysics. They have a media channel to publish early warning on TV and radio with the content from NEMA.

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India and Mexico cooperate on remote sensing

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On 22 October 2014, India and Mexico formally agreed on a cooperation in areas related to the peaceful use of the outer space, such as remote sensing and satellite communication. The pact was signed in New Delhi during the Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) presided by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena of India and Mexico, respectively.

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Thu, 23/10/2014 - 09:54

Romania: Plans for own communications satellite

Constanta, Romania seen from space

Romania plans to launch its own communications satellite, as the website telecompaper reported.

The satellite is to be developed in the coming years and will ensure services for both the state as well as private companies, the minister for Communication and Informational Society Ministry Razvan Cotovelea said according to a local paper.

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Wed, 01/10/2014 - 14:44

Niger: Expanding cellular network coverage with satellites

Satellite services can greatly improve cellular network coverage in rural areas

The telecommunication provider Orange Niver will be using satellite services from Intelsat to improve cellular network coverage in rural Niger.

The website Developingtelecoms.org reported: "Intelsat will provide C-band broadband capacity to Orange Niger on Intelsat 903 at 325.5º East. The companies have entered a multi-year agreement; when the Intelsat 35e satellite enters service, scheduled for 2017, Orange Niger will be able to seamlessly transition to the new satellite."

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Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:12

New service provides satellite-based Wi-Fi connection outside coverage

Reliable communication is especially important in disasters

The satellite provider Globalstar has announced a new service called "Sat-Fi". This new satellite service will allow any device to connect outside of cellular coverage via Wi-Fi, for example in disaster situations when communication infrastructures are hindered or broken.

Globalstar stated in a press release: "Sat-Fi provides seamless wireless connectivity over the World’s most modern satellite network. With Sat-Fi, Globalstar customers can use their current smartphones, tablets and laptops to send and receive communications when traveling beyond cellular.

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Wed, 25/06/2014 - 09:37

Philippines: Sensors for Volcano and Earthquake Early Warning

Mayon Volcano in the Philippines in 2009

The Philippines is a country frequently affected by volcanic eruptions and seismic activities as it is located on the circum-Pacific seismic belt. Futuregov.asia now reported that the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has developed a wide-area disaster prevention system to detect volcanic and seismic activity by using seismic intensity meters and tide indicators, as well as offering disaster countermeasures.

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Mon, 17/03/2014 - 12:32

Israel: Own satellite to monitor crops from outer space

Thermal image of Israel after a wild fire

Israel has years of experience in satellite communication and navigation. The country is now preparing to launch its first Earth Observation satellite to monitor crops. The project Vegetation and Environment Monitoring on a New Micro-Satellite (Venus) is carried out in cooperation with France and will include an on-boardsuper spectral sensor.

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Tue, 25/02/2014 - 14:42

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