Phone and web companies race to reconnect quake-hit Nepal


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  • Wednesday, 13 May 2015

PRIORITISING CONNECTIVITY: The World Food Programme, in collaboration with the Luxembourg government, the phone company Ericsson and Nethope, a grouping of NGOs, has developed mobile data antennas small enough to be taken on a commercial flight.

LONDON: Buildings wrecked by the May 12 earthquake in Nepal, already weakened by last month's huge quake which killed over 8,000, will take years to rebuild. But another type of infrastructure will bounce back much sooner: communication networks. 

Enabling aid workers and civilians to access the Internet, make a phone call or send a text is now seen as a vital part of any humanitarian response. The World Food Programme (WFP) has deployed some innovative kit to make this possible in Nepal. 

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