[dmwg] IMPROVING MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS DURING DISASTERS FOCUS OF NEW UN PARTNERSHIP
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Subject: IMPROVING MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS DURING DISASTERS FOCUS OF NEW UN
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 10:00:50 -0400
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IMPROVING MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS DURING DISASTERS FOCUS OF NEW UN PARTNERSHIP
New York, Jul 9 2009 10:00AM
The United Nations telecom agency has teamed up with a United States-based
wireless services provider to improve mobile communications in preparing for
disasters and in responding once they strike.
As part of the agreement, Qualcomm Incorporated will donate a compact, easy to
operate and deployable base station worth nearly $500,000 to the International
Telecommunication Union (<"http://www.itu.int/net/home/index.aspx">ITU) to boost
the capacity of the UN agency to deploy mobile telecommunications to help
countries in disaster preparedness, as well as in response and recovery.
Sami Al Basheer, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau,
welcomed the alliance, noting the vital impact it will have on helping countries
when emergencies strike.
The Qualcomm Deployable Base Station (QDBS) “brings with it the wireless
technology that is so essential in bridging the telecommunication gap when
terrestrial networks are knocked out by natural disasters,” he
Through its Wireless Reach™ initiative, Qualcomm works with organizations such
as ITU to bring wireless technology to those who need it most.
“We are proud to work with ITU and provide a useful system to enhance their
emergency communications programme,” said Shawn A. Covell, Senior Director of
International Government Affairs for Qualcomm.
For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news
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