Vodafone Foundation deploys 3G network in Guadalupe to support hurricane victims

Thursday 14 September 2017 | 09:03 CET | News
Vodafone Group announced that its The Vodafone Foundation Instant Network is being taken to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe to provide communications support in the areas worst affected by Hurricane Irma. Guadeloupe was chosen as the place where equipment will be placed as it is the closest island to regions such as St. Martin, St. Barts and Barbuda, which are the most affected by hurricane.

The foundation will work with the French-based non-governmental organisation 'Telecoms sans frontieres' (Telecom without borders) to restore mobile communications in the region. Telecoms Sans Frontieres' said its team obtained authorisation from officials on 10 September to deploy out to Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy.

The Vodafone team is working with local NGOs and operators to decide when and where to install the digital network equipment.

With Vodafone's 3G network, the foundation will provide mobile communications support for the humanitarian aid programme. Also, two 'Instant charge' devices will provide free mobile charging service in areas that are not equipped with electricity. The team also provides 'Instant Classroom Xtra,' the Vodafone Foundation's 'digital school in a box' programme that enables the victims of Hurricane Irma to use the emergency cybercafes to borrow tablets, charge their phones for free and connect to free WiFi.

Guadeloupe is the 11th emergency special task for the Vodafone Group Foundation's 'Instant network' team.

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