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Restoring Communications Lifelines to the South Pacific

Av-Comm, in partnership with Intelsat, has restored critical communications to remote communities as part of the United Nations Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) responding to the April 2020 landfall of Tropical Cyclone Harold on the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and Tonga.

With extensive damage to primary infrastructure, the many unique communities throughout the region were disconnected from vital communications when telephone, internet, television, and broadcast radio networks were cut off, leaving more than 300,000 people disconnected from vital emergency information.

Av-Comm provided teleport infrastructure and services for a network of VSAT terminals deployed close to heavily affected areas in Santo, Malekula and Pentecost, to assist the United Nations and NGO teams in the recovery and rebuilding of critical community infrastructure.