Three simple words: “We need communications.”

We Need CommunicationsIn January 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti to its core. The disaster killed more than 100,000 people, injured 100,000 people, and rendered 1 million homeless.

At the general hospital where 1,000 patients waited for surgery, what did doctors say they wanted most? “We need communications.”

Those three words spurred Joel Trimble from Haiti Satellite into action. Haiti Satellite is the largest family owned and operated Satellite Provider in the Caribbean. Trimble called on partners’ iDirect, TracStar and Intelsat to provide VSAT equipment and bandwidth.

The partners set up command centers on the Missionary School campus, the Red Cross HQ and the hospital, among other key sites around the island nation.

How did VSAT fare? Watch the following video for insight into what the people of Haiti faced and how having satellite communications saved lives:

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