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Avanti Communications Announces Project to Enhance Kenya’s Disaster Response Communications

Avanti Communications Group plc (“Avanti”), a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”), has announced its new project, Satellite Enablement for Disaster Risk Reduction in Kenya (“SatDRR Kenya”). Through satellite technology, the project will enhance Kenya’s ability to plan for and respond to disasters.

The project, funded under the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), will provide secure fixed and mobile satellite communications via Avanti’s Ka-band satellite, HYLAS 2, for emergency situations such as conflict, famine, floods and disease outbreaks.

Partnering with Torchlight Group Limited, Airbus Defence and Space (Intelligence), Global Radiodata Communications (“GRC”), the Red Cross Society in Kenya, and working closely with the Kenyan Ministry of Interior and relevant Kenyan Government agencies.

SatDRR Kenya will enable emergency responders and humanitarian organisations to act quickly and effectively on the ground, enabled by satellite communication. The project will also provide earth observation data to improve Kenya’s pre-, during and post-disaster strategy and planning, allowing end-users to access information on large-scale disasters such as floods and droughts.

SatDRR Kenya will demonstrate how high throughput resilient satellite connectivity and accurate remote sensing data can save lives, as well as reducing the social and economic impact on affected communities. Access to satellite services will be underpinned by a capacity building and knowledge transfer programme to embed capability which will deliver sustainable benefits to the Kenyan Government and communities.

Graham Peters, Managing Director of Avanti Government said “Avanti is delighted to be awarded the UK Space Agency’s IPP funding for the SaTDRR Kenya project. Combined with knowledge from our project partners and satellite capacity from our HYLAS 2 satellite, the project will provide Kenya’s disaster response teams crucial communication tools and training to plan and respond to disasters.”

Sam Gyimah, Science Minister, said “These partnerships are first and foremost about helping developing countries stand on their own two feet by building the capability to deal with specific challenges. They also showcase the UK’s expertise and demonstrate the services and technology on offer from our leading space innovators.”

Read more about how Avanti’s satellite services can be used for public safety and disaster communications, click here

The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme uses UK space expertise to deliver innovative solutions to real-world problems across the globe. IPP seeks to maximise the practical impact on the lives of those living in developing countries by partnering with developing countries to use space solutions to solve their specific development challenges, and in doing so increase their capacity.