Astrium Services’ humanitarian work acknowledged by Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) award
TSF award highlights the importance of continued support for emergency communication services
22 November 2013
Astrium, the world’s second largest space company, has announced that Astrium Services has received a Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) Special Recognition Award at the Global Carrier Awards 2013 ceremony in Amsterdam.
The Special Recognition Award is given for Corporate Social Responsibility, recognising Astrium Services’ dedication and continued support to the humanitarian cause. Astrium Services, the global innovative provider of satcom enabled solutions, is a long-term partner of TSF and has been supporting them for more than 14 years with communications solutions to provide people in distress and first responders with means of communication when terrestrial communications fail.
As a first responder on site, TSF supports local relief efforts and humanitarian organisations in coordinating aid locally and has helped thousands of victims trace and reconnect with their families. Being among the first on the ground following the typhoon Haiyan, TSF was able to set up three telecom centres.
Present to receive the award from TSF’s President Jean-François Cazenave was Morten Kval, head of Humanitarian & NGO activities at Astrium Services, who commented: “We are extremely honoured to accept such a meaningful award and delighted that an organisation as highly-esteemed as TSF recognises our contribution to its goal of providing IT and telecoms services during times of crisis. Astrium Services is proud to support TSF for its extremely challenging work in some of the most inhospitable environments on the planet, including right now the mission in the Philippines.”
Jean-François Cazenave, president of TSF added: “Without Astrium Services, our ability to establish high bandwidth networks in areas with little or no telecoms infrastructure would not be as complete. Astrium Services helps TSF to prepare for emergencies and react quickly should we need capacity, technology or expertise at short notice. This award recognises their contribution to our efforts and the affect this has in helping people affected by natural disaster, civil war and political instability.”