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Luxembourg deploys the platform to the Caribbean after hurricane Irma

Published Thursday September 14 2017

In response to a request by the World Food Program (WFP) after Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean, Luxembourg dispatched a team of four telecommunications experts from their humanitarian task force to deploy two satellite communications systems to the Caribbean.  is a mobile, satellite based, telecommunications platform that was created to re-establish internet and phone communication after a natural disaster and can be rapidly deployed to support the coordination efforts of humanitarian organizations on the ground by reestablishing connectivity, and thus contributes to saving lives in humanitarian emergencies. It is a public-private partnership between the Luxembourg government and three Luxembourg companies (SES Techcom Services, Hitec Luxembourg and Luxembourg Air Ambulance SA). Luxembourg provides  services as a free global public good to the humanitarian community and works closely in this context with the WFP, the global lead agency of the emergency telecommunications cluster, as well as other UN agencies.  

The emergency volunteers left for Antigua on the evening of 11 September 2017. Their objective is to reestablish the communication services in the affected areas, in coordination with government officials and the WFP regional coordinator.