PCCW Global supports emergency telecommunication efforts with further contribution to Télécoms Sans Frontières for the next three years

PCCW Global’s ongoing support has assisted TSF with their invaluable humanitarian work in Haiti and The Philippines

HKT (SEHK:6823) - HONG KONG, August 27, 2014

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, has extended its support for Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), the world’s leading telecommunications non-government organization (NGO), with further contribution for the next three years.

PCCW Global has continuously contributed to TSF since 2008. With this support, TSF has been able to deploy vital emergency response and coordination operations worldwide, providing lifesaving mobile and satellite telecommunications to many regions affected by natural and man-made disasters. Over the past few years, TSF has helped earthquake-struck Haitians connect with loved ones, worked with the United Nations (UN) to help co-ordinate relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines, and opened an Internet school for traumatized Syrian children.

TSF strives to provide emergency telecommunications services anywhere in the world they are required within 24 hours. PCCW Global was the first Asian carrier to support TSF, and with the assistance of its contributions TSF has been able to respond to 67 emergencies across the globe since 2008, and to train hundreds of international NGOs in the use of telecommunication and information and communication technologies for emergency response.

PCCW Global understands the role telecoms can play in helping to coordinate relief efforts and to deliver critical services to affected areas. “The ground-breaking work that TSF does around the world is making a real difference to people in crisis. At PCCW Global, we believe that it is our responsibility to support those in need in any way possible, and as a telecoms provider we are in a unique position to be able to offer invaluable support to organizations like TSF,” said Mr. Mike van den Bergh, Chief Marketing Officer of PCCW Global.

Thanking PCCW Global for its support, TSF’s President and Co-founder, Jean-Francois Cazenave, said, “PCCW Global’s support will allow us to continue to expand our operations globally, further our ability to respond to disasters and sustain support to communities in times of crisis. PCCW Global fully recognizes that in humanitarian crises, there is a need for water, food, medical assistance and shelter. This aid would simply not be possible without the power to communicate. The support of PCCW Global will help TSF to continue saving lives.”

The continued support of PCCW Global will enable TSF to implement various projects in 2014, including a mHealth programme for the indigenous people of the Amazon in Brazil, a medical education project in Myanmar training local midwives, and the establishment of the first Emergency Response Hub in Africa to improve emergency response capacities in Africa.

In 2013, TSF recognized PCCW Global for its dedication to corporate social responsibility with its Special Recognition Award for CSR. The TSF Corporate Social Responsibility Awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to corporate social responsibility.

About PCCW Global

PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 130 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet solutions, IP solutions, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, managed services and solutions, international voice and VoIPX services.

PCCW Global maintains regional centers in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com.

About HKT

HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

Together with the highly successful media business of its parent company, PCCW Limited, HKT offers innovative media content and services across the PCCW Group’s unique quadruple-play platforms – fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile.

About Télécoms Sans Frontières

Founded in 1998, Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) / Telecom Without Borders is the world’s leading emergency telecommunications and new technologies NGO. For more than 16 years, TSF has participated in emergency response, setting up emergency facilities in war or disaster zones for affected populations and relief workers. With its 24-hour monitoring centre and offices in Europe, Central America, Asia, and its office in the United States, TSF rapid-response teams: (1) intervene anywhere in the world in less than 24 hours to provide emergency telecommunications and broadband services; (2) work with partners to make long-term development missions more effective and efficient using broadband and mobile technology to empower advances in health, development, education, and food security; and (3) train governments, UN staff, and NGOs on how to use telecom and Internet tools in emergencies.

In 16 years, TSF has deployed to 66 countries over 6 continents, supporting over 830 relief organizations and providing humanitarian calling operations to hundreds of thousands of people in need. TSF is partner of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and UNICEF. TSF was designated “First Emergency Telecoms Responder” within the United Nations Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC).

Jean-François Cazenave, president of TSF, cofounded TSF in 1998 with Monique Lanne-Petit, TSF’s director.  www.tsfi.org

 

For more information, please contact:

Ivan Ho
PCCW Group
Tel:    +852 2883 8747
Email:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alexander James Thomas
Télécoms Sans Frontières
Tel:    +33 5 59 84 43 60
Email:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.