ITU Deploys Satellite Communication Equipment in Japan
GENEVA: The International
Telecommunications Union has dispatched emergency telecommunications equipment
to areas severely affected by the tsunami that struck the coastal areas of
Japan following Friday’s devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake.
ITU has deployed 78 Thuraya satellite phones equipped with GPS to facilitate search-and-rescue
efforts along with 13 Iridium satellite phones as well as 37 Inmarsat Broadband
Global Area Network terminals. An additional 30 Inmarsat terminals are also
ready for dispatch. The equipment can be charged by car batteries and are also
supplied with solar panels to enable operations during power outages.