Ooredoo donates to Indonesian flood relief efforts
Ooredoo and Indosat rapidly mobilise to provide medical, food and recovery assistance
Ooredoo and Indonesian operating company, Indosat, have this week both pledged emergency aid in support of disaster relief efforts to help Indonesian communities and people most affected by recent flooding. Recognising the importance of communicating freely during a crisis Indosat was the first provider to offer free access to its services to those affected.
Following another unusually heavy rainy season, Manado in the country’s North Sulawesi region has been most impacted with other areas seriously affected by the floods including Jakarta, Bekasi and Subang. The total population affected by the floods is estimated to be 100,000 with this number expected to grow over coming weeks. In Manado, currently worst affected by the seasonal flooding, the floods have created 50,000 refugees and damaged thousands of houses in the area. Sadly, 19 people have also lost their life in the floods.
Ooredoo and Indosat provided immediate assistance and emergency aid to those affected by the flooding, becoming the first mobile operator to offer free access to mobile services, including data, SMS and voice. To deliver relief on the ground they are working with local partners, including Tribun Manado, to offer basic food relief, clean water and dry clothes to those affected.
Together Ooredoo and Indosat will also provide support to humanitarian agencies including Red Cross Indonesia (PMI), PKPU and ACT in their disaster relief and recovery efforts across the affected North Sulawesi area. With this assistance these agencies will be able to provide food stuffs, medical services, clothes and trauma therapy.
In Jakarta, Ooredoo and Indosat have re-mobilised Mobil Klinik Ceria which similar to the emergency services provided during the 2013 Jakarta flooding offers much-needed assistance through the provision of free medical services and food distribution.
Ooredoo Chairman H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani said: “Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and during this challenging time for Indonesia we are pleased to have been able to work alongside Indosat to provide immediate assistance and emergency aid to those communities affected by these devastating floods. We hope that our efforts will bring some relief to those affected and that by ensuring our services remain operational people are able to rely on Indosat to maintain vital communications as recovery work commences.”
Ooredoo and Indonesia each place absolute importance on supporting communities and people across all of the markets in which they operate. Both have longstanding commitments to empower underserved communities and enrich the lives of all those that our services reach. Regarding previous emergency aid responses, in 2013 Ooredoo and Indosat provided US$200,000 support to help flood victims in Indonesia and in 2012 Ooredoo aided Indonesian victims of the volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi, which forced the evacuation of 350,000 people.
Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives and Indonesia. The company was named ‘Best Mobile Operator’ of the year 2013 at World Communication Awards.
Ooredoo reported revenues of $9.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2012 and had a consolidated global customer base of more than 92.9 million people as of 31 December 2012. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on the Qatar Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.
Indosat, the largest operating company in the Ooredoo network, is the leading telecommunication and information operator in Indonesia that provides cellular services, fixed line, data communications and internet (MIDI). In the first half of 2013, the company had 56,5 million mobile subscribers through a variety of brands, among others; IM3, Mentari and Matrix. Indosat operates international direct dialing (IDD) through the access codes 001, 008 and Flatcall 01016. The company also offers corporate solutions that supported by integrated telecommunications network throughout Indonesia as well as satellite services via satellite Palapa-C2 and Palapa-D. Indosat’s shares are listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX: ISAT).