Télécoms Sans Frontières

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The NGO Télécoms Sans Frontières or Telecoms Without Borders was the first humanitarian organization specializing in emergency telecommunications. This NGO provides telecommunications to victims of natural disasters or conflicts, as well as providing aid to other NGOs.


After missions in former Yugoslavia during the first Gulf war, its founder realized there was a need for emergency telecommunications so that those who were involved with conflict or natural disasters have means of communications to other areas of the globe and to their loved ones.

Founders of TSF Jean-Francois Cazenaye, Monique Lanne-Petit, Robert Chassagnieux, Francois Meyer, Christiane Constant, Daniel Nataf, and Guy Hodet, who invested in the first satellite phone and then created TSF in 1998 after visiting different refugee camps and being given messages by loved ones who were in these camps to communicate with the outside world and with their families.  In 2001, TSF opened its first telecoms centre available to the public in northern Afghanistan.

The team understood that there were already groups that provide aid through donations of food, water, shelter and medicine, but it was communicating from the ground to the other humanitarian organizations that lead to the idea of the TSF. Their goal is to help other organizations save lives.

The TSF now deploys telecom centres within 24 hours of a crisis. These centres have high speed internet, telephone and fax lines as well as all of the necessary equipment needed in the field.[1]


TSF was founded in 1998 and is based at Pau in France. It has three operational bases: Pau (France), Guadalajara (Mexico) and Bangkok. TSF is presided by Jean-François Cazenave. In 2011, The Space Foundation presented TSF with its Space Achievement Award.[2]


The TSF deploys equipment within 24 hours of crisis or disaster. All technological equipment is provided to these areas. They use state of the art equipment that is easy to transport when on the ground or during a crisis. This includes Internet access and telephone signals to remote areas.

History and Contributions[edit]

Since its creation, TSF has intervened in more than 70 countries on 5 different continents. They have helped more than 850 other NGOs with their life saving aid, as well as helping millions of people in crisis.

In 2002, TSF became  a partner with the European Commissions Humanitarian Aid Office. In 2006 they were named “first responder” within the Emergency telecommunications cluster of the United Nations[3].

In 2018 TSF was awarded the Best Quality of Life Improvement award at the Pacific Telecommunications Council Innovation Awards in Hawaii[4].

Partners of TSF[edit]


Vodafone Foundation - Vodafone’s charitable giving and technology to make a difference in the world. Vodafone foundation supports projects that are focused on delivering public benefit through the application of technology across the areas of health, education and disaster relief[6]


AT&T[8] - Mobilizing learning, student programs that focus on integrating technology, promoting responsible uses of technology and helping to connect different areas around the world through their systems.[9]

European Community Humanitarian Aid Office - provides cooperation in prevention and preparedness. They are effective in disaster response. "the EU provides needs-based humanitarian assistance to the people hit by man-made and natural disasters with particular attention to the most vulnerable victims."[10]

Thales Foundation[11]



Capacity Media[14]

Evox trading[15] - VoIP Carrier

IT Cup[16]

Communauté d'agglomération de Pau-Pyrénées

Friends of Telecoms Without Borders[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Télécoms Sans Frontières a 10 Ans".
  2. ^ Space Foundation, SPACE.com and Space News unite to raise funds for France schools
  3. ^ "Non-Governmental Organizations". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  4. ^ "PTC Innovation Awards". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Inmarsat - About Us - Humanitarian Support".
  6. ^ "Vodafone".
  7. ^ http://news.eutelsat.com/blog_posts/changing-the-face-of-in-the-field-connectivity-for-the-humanitarian-sector-59618. Retrieved 30 October 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "AT&T Télécoms Sans Frontières". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "AT&T Foundation".
  10. ^ "Humanitarian Aid- European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations".
  11. ^ "Thales Foundation Partner Télécoms Sans Frontières". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "Marlink strengthens partnership with Télécoms Sans Frontièrs". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "PCCW Corporate Social Responsibility". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "Telecoms Sans Frontières and International Telecoms Week". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "Evox Trading's references". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  16. ^ "IT Cup : Bilan et palmarès". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Friends of Telecoms Without Borders". Retrieved 30 October 2018.

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