Two experts from the telecoms charity, Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) deployed from Bangkok to Islamabad for a mission in emergency telecommunications in and around North-West Pakistan.
TSF’s international headquarters, in Pau, France, is also standby Pakistani people and ready to send reinforcements as soon as possible .
In collaboration with United Nations agencies on site, TSF’s team is evaluating the needs of the humanitarian community in the zones, affected by the millitary operation. The objective is to establish a satellite connection via a mobile system to provide internet and telephones. The team will remain in the zone for one month in order to guaranteed solutions that benefit the entire humanitarian community for the coming months, including the establishment of a durable fixed satellite system.
If security conditions permit and if access into the camps is possible, TSF specialists in emergency telecommunications will run humanitarian calling operations, enabling the civilians to contact their relatives in Pakistan or abroad. Displaced civilians will be able to call their loved ones anywhere in the world to reconnect, give news, or ask for personalized assistance.
The mission is supported by the Vodafone Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, Inmarsat, Eutelsat, Vizada, AT&T, Cable and Wireless, PCCW Global, the Communauté d’Agglomération de Pau, and the Conseil Régional d’Aquitaine.