Ericsson deploys emergency equipment to support UN in the Philippines

Mini GSM solution using Ericsson’s RBS 2409 and VSAT satellite equipment boosts coverage in Samar province, while emergency communications equipment is also deployed in Tacloban

Ericsson deploys emergency equipment to support UN in the Philippines

Ericsson has deployed emergency communications equipment in Samar province in the Philippines within days of the typhoon to boost communications coverage in the area in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, it announced today (16 December 2013).

The company has installed its mini GSM solution, which consists of its RBS 2409 and VSAT satellite equipment. This mini GSM solution is specifically designed for quick deployment and easy maintenance, especially for emergency situations. 

“This is the first time that we have deployed these mini GSM sites in the country. We are pleased to be able to assist Smart in their continuing efforts to ensure that communications service is available in the affected areas,” Elie Hanna, CU ENP president and country manager, revealed.  

“We have installed sites in Samar and Leyte and we are preparing to install more sites. Although Smart’s network is already performing well in these areas, the added coverage from these sites will help to ensure greater reliability and availability of service.” 

“We thank Ericsson for giving their support for post-disaster network restoration and rehabilitation. This helped us achieve our target to reconnect in a month's time all cities and municipalities that were hard hit by Typhoon Haiyan.” said Roland G. Peña, PLDT and Smart Technology Group Head.

Aside from the deployment of these sites, Ericsson has also been supporting the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Emergency Communications Cluster through its Ericsson Response programme. 

The Ericsson Response team started deploying Ericsson’s WIDER wireless network system in Tacloban on 16 November 2013, and has also deployed a similar system for Roxas City and in Guiuan. Four Ericsson Response volunteer employees continue to support the humanitarian community in the Visayas region.

“We are honored to be able to support the United Nations and WFP. The communications system we have put in place for them allows them to efficiently coordinate with their teams on the ground as they distribute emergency food supplies to survivors,” Hanna shared.

Ericsson Response is a global initiative that provides communications expertise, equipment and resources in times of need. With about 150 active Ericsson volunteers, the aim is to assist humanitarian relief organizations with communications technology and competence to contribute to a better and faster response to human suffering when disaster strikes.

Ericsson Response was founded in April 2000 and has supported more than 40 relief efforts in over 30 countries to date, the company said.

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