The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is joining the fight to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti with $1m worth of technology equipment.
It is calling on IT companies to help provide communications equipment to the country, which was hit by a major 7.0 magnitude earthquake earlier this week.
It will use 40 satellite terminals to immediately re-establish basic communications. A further 60 terminals will be dispatched, along with experts to operate them, to provide broadband.
The ITU is also setting up a Qualcomm Deployable Base Station to enable wireless communications, which will strengthen aid workers' ability to respond quickly to calls for help.
ITU secretary general Hamadoun Touré said, "ITU will do everything possible to provide assistance to the people of Haiti by re-establishing telecommunications links which will be vital in the rescue and rehabilitation efforts in the days ahead." He called on ITU sector members and other IT companies to "urgently assist" ITU's efforts to reinstate telecommunications in Haiti.
The ITU said re-establishing communications is a critical tool in disaster management because it makes sure government officials and aid agencies involved in rescue efforts can get the information they need.