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Telecoms Charity Rushes to Support Aid Efforts in Nepal

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Following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal, the emergency telecoms charity, T l coms Sans Fronti res (TSF) has deployed a team to quickly offer voice calls to affected populations, to provide relief organisations and coordination centres with reliable satellite connections and to assess the telecom infrastructure of the affected area.

Two teams touched down on Nepalese tarmac on Tuesday at midday and immediately set up camp at the foot of Kathmandu International Airport alongside Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams from across the world.

A high-speed satellite internet connection (BGAN Explorer 700 -POUR INMARSAT/AIRBUS) has been put in place to create a Wi-Fi environment for the Off-Site Operation Coordination Centre (OSOCC) dedicated to Search and Rescue, set up within the camp to ensure the coordination of these life-saving actions.

This connection allows rescue teams to carry out situation analyses, allocation of assignments and disaster mapping thus enhancing their operations amongst those trapped in the rubble.

Other teams of aid workers from the telecoms charity remain on standby to fly in if needed.

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