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Avanti Communications announces project to enhance Kenya’s disaster response communications

(25 June 2018 - Avanti) Avanti Communications 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.”

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.

About Avanti Communications

Avanti connects people wherever they are – in their homes, businesses, in government and on mobiles. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous internet service to a quarter of the world’s population. Avanti delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding telecoms customers in the world seek.

Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and Ka-band spectrum in perpetuity that covers an end market of over 1.7bn people.

The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre ring.

Avanti has a unique Cloud based customer interface that is protected by patented technology.

Avanti Communications is listed in London on AIM (AVN:LSE).

About UK Space Agency

The UK Space Agency leads the UK’s efforts to explore and benefit from space, with responsibility for all strategic decisions on the UK civil space programme. It ensures Government investments in space science and technology deliver significant value to the UK economy and people’s lives.

As set out in the Industrial Strategy, the UK Space Agency works with industry to develop new technologies, infrastructure and services, and to ensure the UK thrives in the commercial space age.

The UK Space Agency

  • supports the work of the UK space sector at home and abroad, maximising its benefit to the UK’s growing economy
  • invests in science and exploration to increase our understanding of the universe and deliver practical benefits such as new technologies to life on Earth.
  • inspires the next generation of UK scientists and engineers.
  • provides a safe and supportive regulatory environment for the launch and operation of UK spacecraft, launch operators and UK spaceports.
  • promotes global co-operation in space, through the UK’s membership of the European Space Agency and international partnerships.

The UK Space Agency is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.