Vodafone deploys emergency mobile network in the Philippines

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The portable network fits into four suitcases and will be rolled out in Palo, one of the regions worst affected by typhoon Haiyan

Vodafone is deploying its portable mobile phone network in the Philippines to support victims of typhoon Haiyan.

Today (November 11) the network, which fits into four suitcases, will be rolled out to cover the region of Palo which was particularly badly affected by the typhoon.

The gear weighs 100kg and can be transported on commercial flights. It will be deployed by the Philippines’ leading wireless services provider Smart Communications with the assistance of four volunteers from Vodafone Hungary and Vodafone New Zealand and a team from NGO Télécoms Sans Frontières.

Vodafone Foundation Instant Network Manager Oisin Walton, who has 10 years’ experience in emergency telecommunications, is leading the deployment.

Vodafone Foundation Instant Network was also deployed in the Philippines last December during Typhoon Bopha, where almost 300,000 calls were made in 17 days. In the last 12 months, the programme has provided support in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Vodafone Group Director of Sustainability and Vodafone Foundation Andrew Dunnett said: “This is the second time in 12 months we have deployed the network to the Philippines. We hope it will not only provide much-needed network support for aid agencies, but will enable those people caught in the most devastated areas with no means of communication to connect with their loved ones outside of those areas”.

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