Astrium Services has received a Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) Special Recognition Award at the Global Carrier Awards 2013 ceremony in Amsterdam. Astrium Services has been supporting TSF for more than 14 years with communications solutions to provide people in distress and first responders with means of communication when terrestrial communications fail.
As a first responder on site, TSF supports local relief efforts and humanitarian organisations in coordinating aid locally and has helped thousands of victims trace and reconnect with their families. Being among the first on the ground following the typhoon Haiyan, TSF was able to set up three telecom centres.
Morten Kval, Head of Humanitarian and NGO activities at Astrium Services, who received the award, commented: “We are extremely honoured to accept such a meaningful award and delighted that an organisation as highly-esteemed as TSF recognises our contribution to its goal of providing IT and telecoms services during times of crisis. Astrium Services is proud to support TSF for its extremely challenging work in some of the most inhospitable environments on the planet, including right now the mission in the Philippines.”
Jean-François Cazenave, President of TSF, added: “Without Astrium Services, our ability to establish high bandwidth networks in areas with little or no telecoms infrastructure would not be as complete. Astrium Services helps TSF to prepare for emergencies and react quickly should we need capacity, technology or expertise at short notice. This award recognises their contribution to our efforts and the affect this has in helping people affected by natural disaster, civil war and political instability.”
Astrium Services offers communication solutions not only to TSF but to a wide network of global humanitarian organisations, enabling aid teams to co-ordinate a rapid and effective humanitarian response.