Inmarsat welcomes ITU report on driving sustainable development through telecommunications

9 December 2014 – Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), has welcomed a report examining the role of telecommunications in driving sustainable development through the reuse of communications infrastructure designed to support communities in the event of a natural disaster.

The report was approved by the Advisory Board of the ITU’s Smart Sustainable Development (SSD) initiative and published following a meeting in Doha, Qatar on 6th December.

The report includes recommendations for a more integrated approach between governments, humanitarian agencies, the ITU and private sector. It calls for the improved sharing of information and for collective action to foster easier access to cost efficient and user-friendly IT and telecoms services in remote regions – particularly in areas which are prone to natural disasters.

Andy Sukawaty, Inmarsat’s Executive Chairman and a member of the SSD Advisory Board, commented: “Satellite has an essential role to play when it comes to the deployment of communications which reuse emergency communications infrastructure to help drive access to broadband for people living and working in remote communities. Inmarsat’s broadband data and voice communication services are designed for maximum mobility and are accessible anywhere in the world. This, we believe, uniquely places us to support and contribute to the ITUs goals for sustainable development.“

“Since 2002, Inmarsat has been a staunch supporter of ITU’s response effort in emergencies,” said Cosmas Zavazava, Chief of Projects and Knowledge Management Department, International Telecommunication Union. “We also share a commitment to serve humanity using appropriate information and communication for disaster risk reduction through the application of earth observation, information and communication systems,” added Dr. Cosmas Zavazava.

More information is available at: http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Initiatives/SSDM/Pages/SSDM-Report.aspx

For further information

Chris McLaughlin
SVP External Affairs
chris.mclaughlin@inmarsat.com
+44 (0)20 7728 1015

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L).

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