London, 23rd July 2020, Avanti Communications has announced today its partnership with British military charity, Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) to provide satellite communications coverage for its ambitious trek across The Arabian Desert, the 6th expedition for the charity. This will enable the team to communicate throughout the grueling mission, keeping them connected and safe. The satellite capacity will also be used to share live updates and videos of their progress with the world.

WWTW supports injured veterans who have served in the Armed Forces and their families, empowering them to regain their independence and contribute across all communities. This trek pays homage to the inspiring travels of British Military Officer, Wilfred Thesiger who took across the Arabian Peninsula in the 1940s and part of the Empty Quarter— the world’s largest sand desert, which the team will follow suit, before bringing the arduous trek to a close on Oman’s Armed Forces Day.

The expedition will consist of a 6-man team of ex-service personnel, trekking 400km over the course of 21 days. The team will endure temperatures as high as 95°F as they pull their custombuilt cart, weighing in excess of 300kg, across the unforgiving Omani desert.
The defence and security sector is one of Avanti’s key client segments, as they aim to connect those who protect by providing resilient and secure satellite communications for military and government users in the most challenging locations. This partnership builds on Avanti’s support for the sector in an entirely new way, by helping WWTW to provide the tools ex-servicemen and women need to be reintegrated in society.

Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Avanti Communications comments, “We’re very happy to be providing satellite communications coverage to the formidable expedition team and their supporters in Oman, which will enable them to remain connected and stay safe, even at the most remote points of their journey. As a company that works closely with governments and peacekeeping forces around the world, we are keen to show our thanks and respect for those who put themselves on the frontline to protect others. Walking With The Wounded is a fantastic charity that highlights the resilience and strength of the men and women who have been wounded at war.” WWTW’s CEO Ed Parker added, “Without the generous support of our partners, The Grenadier Walk of Oman wouldn’t be achievable. The support these organisations provide WWTW has been pivotal to the progression of the expedition and the generous sponsorship cements these longstanding relationships even further. We look forward to building an exciting and enduring legacy with INEOS, Craghoppers, Avanti Communications, Monster Energy and The Invictus Games Foundation.”

Starting on November 20th 2020 and ending on December 11th 2020, The Duke of Sussex will support the challenge as the official Expedition Patron along with generous support from the Royal Office of HM Sultan Haitham bin Tariq’ and in partnership with the Omani Armed Forces. In 2019 WWTW supported 1,906 ex-servicemen and women and delivered 2,671 mental health therapy sessions.