Thuraya deployed vital communication links in the Central African Republic to connect SOS Children’s Villages and extended their outreach to foreign aid donors.
Establishing a reliable communications network for SOS Children’s Villages in the Central African Republic
The SOS teams operate within troubled regions where the ICT (Information Communications Technology) infrastructure is very weak. Even the slightest delay in the delivery of emergency services could spell disaster for thousands of children and parents for whom SOS is the only lifeline. In such an unstable environment, SOS Children’s Villages needed a reliable communications network to coordinate and survey relief operations and logistics as well as monitor the whereabouts of their field workers. In addition, they wanted a steady channel to reach out to foreign donors to create awareness about their humanitarian work.
SOS Children’s Villages represented by its Gulf Area Office approached Thuraya to bring satellite connectivity to their villages. Thuraya donated a number of Public Calling Office (PCO) units, SatSleeve satellite adaptors, and IP satellite broadband terminals. The PCOs deliver voice, fax, data, and SMS services in remote locations that are beyond the coverage of terrestrial GSM networks.