CHANTILLY, Va., July 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — UltiSat, a global provider of critical communications solutions, announced that it has partnered with UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to provide satellite communications services to support the humanitarian aid mission to the Tongogora refugee camp in Zimbabwe.
In March 2019, Tropical Cyclone Idai hit the Southern Hemisphere, including Zimbabwe. Heavy rains and strong winds caused flash flooding and more than 6,000 camp residents were severely affected and continue to be affected today. Tongogara refugee camp is located in a remote area of Zimbabwe with very limited communications infrastructure. As a result, the satellite communications system – VSAT – is the only reliable form of communication. As of May 2022, the refugee camp housed 15,151 people of concern, a population displaced in the Great Lakes region of Africa.
To support UNHCR and its humanitarian partners, reliable and scalable communication solutions are required.
“Access to communications is vital to effectively coordinate with partners and deliver for the people we serve,” said Amadou Sabi, Head of the UNHCR Field Office in Tongogara. “Partnering with UltiSat gives us access to customizable satellite services where they are needed most.”
UltiSat has a long history of providing customized satellite and wireless communications solutions critical to the remote operations of humanitarian aid missions. In June 2021, UltiSat announced its partnership with UNHCR in Central Africa. In December 2021, UltiSat was named the recipient of Space & Satellite Professionals International’s seventh annual Better Satellite International (SSPI) Global Award. The award was given for the company’s collaboration with UNHCR to provide satellite communications services to support emergency humanitarian aid operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
“The UNHCR and UltiSat teams work closely together, especially in emergencies,” said Brum Cerzosimo, Sr. Director of Humanitarian Programs at UltiSat. “As the situation in Zimbabwe developed, we knew it was time to mobilize. The close integration and daily communication between our teams facilitated the development of the communications required to support UNHCR’s work in the region. We are proud that our telecommunications services can play an important role in supporting UNHCR’s humanitarian aid efforts.”
UltiSat is a global provider of end-to-end communications solutions for managed networks, airborne intelligence and surveillance, specialized global wireless services, and advanced engineering and technical services. UltiSat is a wholly owned subsidiary and operating company of Speedcast. For more information visit www.ultisat.com.
UNHCR is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting the rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
For more information, visit www.unhcr.org.
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