Satellite communication is a key enabler of humanitarian operations in remote and austere environments with little to no infrastructure. While satcom phones and portable modems have long been of service to first responders, their functionality is insufficient to support the growing demands for higher bandwidth dictated by the digitalisation of humanitarian operations. Network management solutions, powered by satcom, define the future of the aid sector. “Portable digital solutions provide field missions with a VSAT-like experience and enable aid teams to remain connected with automatic seamless switching between GSM and satellite networks,” says Nabil Ben Soussia, CEO Asia, Middle East & CIS, IEC Telecom. Access to news, social media, and instant messaging applications enable socialisation and give refugees a chance towards adapting and integrating better in the “world outside the camp” in the future. Innovative satcom solutions enable the smooth operation of camp administration, keep track of both people and assets, and can extend the scope of telemedicine to remote areas.