Eutelsat Among Winners of SSPI Better Satellite World Award
The Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) recognized the signatories to the Crisis Connectivity Charter, including Eutelsat, with the Better Satellite World Award. The ceremony annually acknowledges the contributions of the satellite industry to the global economy, safety, security, governance, development and health.
In the context of the Charter, Eutelsat has committed pre-allocated bandwidth on four of its satellites across the globe, complemented on the ground by ready-to-deploy satellite kits, helping enable emergency telecommunications services to be deployed in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas within 24 hours of a crisis.
The Crisis Connectivity Charter was signed in late 2015 between the Global Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Forum (GVF), the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA), the United Nations (UN) Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) to help the humanitarian community by enhancing their access to vital satellite-based communications when local networks are affected, destroyed, or overloaded following disasters. It entered into its operational phase in May of this year through the signature of contribution agreements with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), on behalf of the European Travel Commission (ETC).