Inmarsat and TSF win award for disaster comms partnership

Inmarsat and disaster communications agency Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) have been honoured for their long and successful collaboration.

The partners won a joint Gold Corporate Engagement Award for best charity, NGO or NFP programme at a ceremony in London last night.

Inmarsat has sponsored TSF with free equipment, airtime and financial support since 2000. Today the agency is the principal communications provider to the United Nations in disaster situations, and also supports the European Commission and non-governmental relief agencies.

TSF workers offering free satellite phone calls to the victims of Hurricane Maria

TSF communication experts deploy all over the world when natural disaster or conflict affect terrestrial or mobile networks, setting up critical satellite links for first responders and providing humanitarian calling services for victims.

Inmarsat’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Alison Horrocks said: “We’re delighted that Inmarsat and Télécoms Sans Frontières have been recognised with a Gold Corporate Engagement Award. We are very proud to support TSF with our satellite communications which makes a real difference to those in need.”

Changing lives

TSF Director Monique Lanne-Petit commented: “This award is recognition of the capacity that partnership has to change lives. Inmarsat and Télécoms Sans Frontières have been working together for 18 years, and during this time we have responded to 140 major crises, bringing emergency communications services to millions of disaster-affected individuals and relief agencies.

“The key to the success of our partnership with Inmarsat is the common values through which we implement our work, and Inmarsat’s innate understanding of our mission.”

The Corporate Engagement Awards are presented annually by Communicate magazine, which serves the corporate communications industry.