Founded in 1998, Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) has been operating as the world’s first NGO providing emergency response technologies during humanitarian crises. By providing communication services to those affected by tragic events, TSF gives people the ability to stay connected with their loved ones and to begin to regain control of their lives. The organization also builds rapid response communication centers for local and international responders' use.
Providing secure network connectivity for these refugees is crucial. Individuals who successfully cross the Ukraine border - after bus trips that can take up to 10-16 hours - are either headed to a specific destination or looking for a temporary safe place where they can find shelter and hopefully reunite their families. These long journeys away from home and loved ones are often overwhelming for people who need to stay connected as much as possible. The uncertainty and risks while relocating are unfortunately further complicated by attacks from illicit networks attempting to exploit those most vulnerable.
TSF utilizes Sunny Valley Networks Zenarmor® Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) licenses when providing network services to people during the bus trips, including those fleeing from Moldova to Bucharest. The software ensures that Ukrainian refugees are not subjected to cyber-risks when accessing free WIFI connections. Zenarmor® licenses are also deployed at emergency shelters and transit camps in Lviv. These secure networks are freely available to Ukranians in the process of relocating to their new homes and utilized by the humanitarian workers who also require secure network connectivity to assist those in need.
In recognizing Sunny Valley Network’s support, Jean-François Cazenave, President of Télécoms Sans Frontières shared the following:
Dear Sunny Valley team,
Thank you for your support to Télécoms Sans Frontières via 2 free annual Zenarmor licenses.
Since the end of February 2022, more than 6.5 million people have been displaced within Ukraine. More than 4.5 million have left their surroundings and their relatives, to seek refuge in border countries, or in some cases to join another country. This forced displacement is causing a lot of stress for Ukrainian refugees and residents, coupled with concerns about the situation of their relatives in Ukraine.
Your generosity and support enables many war-affected people to contact their loved ones in Ukraine or abroad, thanks to the connectivity provided by our teams. Your help also allows us to provide access to essential information in transit areas, and to support the actions of other NGOs with adapted means of communication that we make available to them.
The UN has confirmed that more than 10 Million Ukrainians have been forced to leave their homes behind to flee the conflict. 4.3M people have crossed borders to take refuge in neighboring countries, Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, and another 6.5M are looking for safe shelters inside the war-torn country.