[Via Satellite 12-04-2014] Thuraya has donated several satellite phones to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to better equip relief workers and first responders for emergencies. The company provided Thuraya XT handsets, which are water resistant, shockproof, work with the antenna stowed away, and can be charged with a solar charger when power grids are down.
The satellite phones will assist the ITU in setting up mobile communications for disaster-prone countries as well as to strengthen response and recovery mechanisms. The ITU is also receiving preferential airtime rates and technical training support.
Thuraya’s network can prioritize and increase signal availability for disaster-affected areas through a feature called Dynamic Resource Allocation. This feature eliminates traffic congestion for relief teams and victims in times of need.