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Vodafone Foundation unveils backpack “mini” mobile network

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27 February, 2014

Vodafone Foundation unveils “mini” mobile network in a backpack

Two Vodafone New Zealand engineers who deployed an Instant Network in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan applaud the possibilities of the Vodafone Foundation “mini” mobile network in a backpack.

Vodafone Foundation launched the Instant Network Mini at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week – an 11kg mobile network in a backpack that can be deployed in just ten minutes to connect people in disaster situations.

The robust backpack can be taken as hand luggage on commercial flights and can be deployed by non-technical staff. It provides up to five concurrent calls within a radius of 100 metres, and enables text messages to be sent to thousands of people to provide crucial information following a disaster.

The “network in a backpack” compliments the original Vodafone Foundation Instant Network, a portable network in four suitcases weighing 100kg. This equipment, which offers a much larger operating radius of up to 5km, was deployed in the Philippines within 24 hours of Typhoon Haiyan hitting in November 2013. The deployment enabled 1.4 million text messages and 443,288 calls in 29 days.

Vodafone NZ engineers Adrian Bullock and Robert MacLennan travelled to the Philippines to set up the original Instant Network equipment in Palo, one of the hardest hit regions of the Philippines – and are two of only 60 people worldwide trained to do this sort of work.

Adrian believes the Instant Network Mini will be a great addition to the existing gear.

“Having a backpack-sized option will give us alternatives when responding to emerging challenges. Just having the option to send an advance party while the rest of the team organises the logistics of transporting the full kit to a disaster zone, could mean re-establishing vital communications hours – even days – faster,” he says.

Vodafone Foundation Instant Network Mini was developed with Vodafone Spain and the Vodafone Foundation’s partners Huawei and Telecoms Sans Frontières. It provides a secure 2G GSM network. The GSM base transceiver station connects to a host network over a satellite connection. The equipment is particularly suited to providing a GSM mobile network in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. It has been designed to provide both voice and SMS communications to a small humanitarian field office in disaster areas.

Andrew Dunnett, Director of the Vodafone Group Foundation, said: “The Vodafone Foundation Instant Network has enabled thousands of people to reconnect with their loved ones. Vodafone Foundation Instant Network Mini is simple and quick to deploy and will be particularly valuable to those humanitarian workers without any other means of communication.”


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Notes to editors

The Vodafone Foundation invests in the communities in which Vodafone operates and is at the centre of a network of global and local social investment programmes. In countries in which Vodafone operates, social investment is delivered by a unique footprint of 28 Vodafone Foundations and social investment programmes. These programmes are directed and chosen by the Foundation Trustees and receive funding from the Vodafone Foundation in the UK as well as their local Vodafone company. The Vodafone Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales (registered number 1089625).

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