Global satellite communications provider IEC Telecom and mobile satellite service provider Thuraya have introduced a Rapid Deployment Kit (RDK), designed to provide reliable connectivity during the Covid-19 pandemic and support emergency and disaster relief efforts even in the most remote areas.

The solution enables frontline workers to respond immediately and effectively to mitigate the wider secondary impacts of the pandemic. RDK is powered by Thuraya broadband terminals and the OneGate Aid Compact network management system from IEC Telecom.


RDK is equipped with bandwidth optimisation and advanced filtration tools, offering a user experience up to two Mbps, which allows taking full advantage of digitalisation, including videoconferencing, remote maintenance, telemedicine, and more for smooth communications during critical humanitarian missions.

RDK was developed accounting for cost optimisation. It offers a seamless switch to 4G in areas with GSM coverage with least cost routing. Consumption control and network status can be monitored at all times via digital dashboards. Full admin control over central management dashboard is available to the CIO/ IT department at HQ and a local dashboard with limited access for the operational chief onsite.


RDK allows for updates and upgrades of virtual machines remotely without the need for onsite maintenance. Moreover, RDK enables the frontline workers to have access to the internet over a welfare network and ensures the cyber security of classified corporate files by keeping the corporate and welfare network links separately.

IEC Telecom’s OneGate system allows for the efficient management of voucher credits for internet access, and thanks to an inbuilt Wi-Fi enabler, frontline workers can connect to the network using their own devices.

The lightweight kit is portable with removable batteries, and as such, accepted in commercial flights. Conveniently packed in an exceptionally durable suitcase, the kit can resist harsh travel conditions and be deployed in no time, ensuring immediate coverage and support for end-to-end humanitarian services.


Commenting on the new kit, Nabil Ben Soussia, CEO Asia, Middle East & CIS, said: “Covid-19 has proved that timely communication is of utmost importance. Satellite technologies play a crucial role in monitoring and managing the situation in challenging environments. Our latest Rapid Deployment Kit (RDK) offers high-speed connectivity, previously reserved only for VSAT users, via a compact and portable solution. RDK can easily be deployed in a short span of time without the need for an onsite technician, enabling mobile humanitarian missions with reliable connectivity for an immediate response.” — Tradearabia News Service

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