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Vodacom to aid disaster relief

2012-12-10 11:54:06.0 | Sunday World Report |

DISASTER and relief NGO Gift of the Givers has received a massive boost to its ever expanding disaster-response capacity as Vodacom will partner it on future missions.

Using Vodacom's Instant Network programme, a portable mobile network can be set up within a few hours in any disaster zone that could help relief workers reach victims more quickly.

Thanks to its innovative design, the prototype can be packed into three suitcases that can be transported on commercial airline flights, avoiding the inevitable delays that surround cargo deliveries of bulkier equipment.

Dedicated technical staff will be an integral part of the Gift of the Givers response team.

Twenty-five cellphones with free airtime will also be provided for the purpose.

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