Inmarsat today confirmed that since the disaster struck the company had prioritized satellite traffic to and from the Philippines. Based at the company’s Network Operations Centre in London, teams of satellite network controllers and Inmarsat engineers have been working 24-hours a day with TSF’s French-based HQ and its teams on-the-ground in the Philippines to restore communications.
TSF has confirmed that the Philippines’ Minister and Deputy Minister for Home Affairs and National Security have been personally provided with Inmarsat IsatPhones to improve communications with their government colleagues located across the country and beyond. Additionally, TSF is directly helping the Philippines Department of Health to restore broadband internet access to the General Hospital in Tacloban, the Philippine city devastated by the typhoon. The broadband satellite service will enable hospital staff to collaborate with medical teams on a national scale and provide well-coordinated health support to the thousands of victims seriously injured in the recent disaster.
With the support of Inmarsat, TSF is also assisting two United Nations agencies - OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) and UNDAC (United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination) - by providing satellite-based broadband internet connections to their teams on the ground. TSF teams, supported by the technical resources of Inmarsat, have been deployed to the islands of Busuanga and Panai to provide technical and material support to the UN.