We recognize the significance of addressing the disparities in access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on a global scale. As part of our CSR mission, we are dedicated to pursuing extensive efforts to overcome the “digital divide” that hinders individuals and communities from benefiting from the opportunities presented by broadband access and satellite television broadcasting.
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Our commitment to inclusive broadcasting
Eutelsat promotes access to free-to-air television for all households around the world.
As of 31 December 2022, the Group was broadcasting 6,800 TV channels including 2,480 free-to-air channels, accessible without subscription on its satellites (i.e., close to 30% of all channels broadcast as of that date), to an audience of over one billion viewers, mainly in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.
Supporting Emergency Telecoms
Eutelsat is one of the original signatories of the UN Crisis Connectivity Charter, integrated with the work of the World Food Programme (WFP). This Charter, which was signed in late 2015 by GVF (Global VSAT Forum), GSOA (Global Satellite Operators’ Association) and multiple satellite operators with the support of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) under aegis of the World Food Programme and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, aims to provide governments and NGOs with immediate (within 24 hours) and resilient connectivity in the event of a major humanitarian crisis on four continents. It defines the framework for coordinating and working between stakeholders to optimise the arrangements and response times to telecommunications needs in emergencies.
Eutelsat and Télécoms Sans Frontières: a long-term partnership empowering humanitarian connectivity
On 13 December 2022, Eutelsat announced the inking of a multi-year sponsorship deal with the NGO Télécoms Sans Frontières, that follows on from a previous long-term partnership agreement between the two companies initiated in 2007.The assistance provided by Eutelsat under this partnership allows this international NGO to fit out a community or crisis unit with broadband connectivity within a few hours to send data, video or voice communications. As a sponsor, the Group is helping the NGO to strengthen its capacity in order to rise the communications challenges associated with emergency aid.
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Supporting Mexican “Internet para todos” connectivity programme
Mexican service providers are working with Eutelsat to address Internet connectivity needs under CFE Telecommunications’ connectivity project for rural schools.
Under the Internet para Todos initiative, Eutelsat plays a lead role in bridging the digital divide, alongside three leading Mexican service providers, including Apco Networks and Globalsat. Eutelsat is currently providing them with capacity on its EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite, aimed at connecting Mexican rural schools through the installation of internet access points.
“Connectivity has become a basic human need, and we are honored to be a key part in the solution to assist the Mexican government in its mission to get all Mexicans online. This also aligns with our CSR mission to bridge the digital divide” – Richard Mortellaro, Chief Executive Officer of Eutelsat Americas.