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EP17: Connectivity in disaster areas, custom-engineered communications kit, satellite broadband

Mattias Fridström and Rudolf Gordon-Seymour, Head of International Funding at Télécoms Sans Frontières discuss challenges of enabling communications in disaster areas, the NGO's educational programs to increase digital skills in these areas, preventing bandwidth heavy applications and data by using custom-engineered communications kit, and the possibilities of satellite broadband.

Mattias fridström
Mattias fridström
There’s a certain kind of person who gets a little bit too excited about networks. Mattias is that guy. If he had a tattoo, it would be of a network. Mattias holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia. He joined Telia in 1996 and has worked in a number of senior roles at Telia Carrier, most recently as CTO. Since July 2016 he has been Telia Carrier’s Chief Evangelist. Mattias’ passion isn’t limited to networks: He has played golf professionally and competed on a high level in both football and floor hockey.
Rudolf Gordon-Seymour, Head of International Funding at Télécoms Sans Frontières
Rudolf Gordon-Seymour, Head of International Funding at Télécoms Sans Frontières

Rudolf Gordon-Seymour is responsible for International Funding at Téleécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), the first NGO in the world to focus on communications and emergency response technologies. The international funding program relies heavily on corporate partnerships for which he seeks to develop and grow in order to both sustain and expand TSF's global operations. Prior to moving into the NGO sector Rudolf worked in telecoms for 20 years, his last executive position was VP, Global Operations for GTT Communications, having spent 15 exciting years of growing the global network and operations. His career has given him the opportunity to work and live in the U.S, U.K, Italy and France where he is now based at TSF's HQ.

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