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[liberationtech] Looking for: ICT/telecom expertise in country in Nepal

Nick Ashton-Hart nashton at consensus.pro
Mon Apr 27 08:52:44 PDT 2015


Yes please - there's a spreadsheet that a bunch of people are on and populating with contacts, from techs who can help to ministry, UN agency and the like contact people. If anyone would like to be added to add more names, just give me a gdocs address.

I'm getting a lot of incoming emails now, which is great, but which is also swamping me a bit :)

On 27 Apr 2015, at 17:34, Lina Srivastava <lina at linasrivastava.com> wrote:

> Also, Flowminder.org was in Nepal last week to set up a mobile / disaster response system there which will be fully operational this summer, and have contracts in place and the system underway, but in the meantime are working to see if they can do ad-hoc work now. Let me know if you want a contact there. 
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> On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 11:08 AM, Peter Micek <peter at accessnow.org> wrote:
> The Swedish-Finnish telco TeliaSonera operates in Nepal and is engaged in relief efforts, offering 50 free SMS and some free calling. I'll paste their email below, and find their latest alert here:  http://www.teliasonera.com/en/newsroom/news/2015/update-on-the-earthquake-i-nepal 
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> Peter
> Update on TeliaSonera’s operations in Nepal following earthquake
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> TeliaSonera's majority owned company in Nepal, Ncell, is working around the clock to help and support its employees and partners after the major earthquake which hit Nepal this weekend. As of now there are no reports of any of the 515 employees being injured. Ncell also continues its work to keep the mobile network in the country running to facilitate for the rescue operations ongoing.
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> The highest priority is and has been to locate all employees and to give them the best possible support in their very difficult personal situations. Ncell has of this morning been able to establish the whereabouts of all its employees.
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> On early Monday morning, TeliaSonera sent an aircraft to Nepal with tents, water cleaning facilities and medical supplies to help stabilize and improve working conditions for Ncell's employees in order to secure the operations.
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> Most of Ncell's mobile network in Nepal is working, although overloaded with several hundred sites having power supply problems. This leads to congested networks and Ncell therefore urges everyone to communicate by SMS in order to minimize the strain of the network.
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> Ncell's crisis management team has secured support from suppliers and maintenance teams are trying to restart as many sites as possible. Right now, it is not possible to assess the damages and costs related to the earthquake.
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> To ensure that Ncell’s customers can communicate with families and friends, Ncell has credited SIM cards with an amount sufficient to make necessary calls. Ncell also provides customers with 50 free SMS, as a first action. Calls and SMS between most of TeliaSonera' European operations and Nepal are free of charge, but due to the damage to the network, Ncell has made the judgment that it is not possible to enable free calls in Nepal as it would put additional strain to the network and risk the ongoing rescue operations. This is constantly reviewed.
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> For more information on Ncell and the earthquake please read articles on TeliaSonera.com/newsroom.
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> For more information, please contact the TeliaSonera press office +46 771 77 58 30, press at teliasonera.com, visit our Newsroom or follow us on Twitter @TeliaSoneraAB .
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> On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 9:39 AM, Lina Srivastava <lina at linasrivastava.com> wrote:
> You might already know about Kathmandu Living Labs, but if not, they might be able to help: http://kathmandulivinglabs.org/ 
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> On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 8:53 AM, Yosem Companys <companys at stanford.edu> wrote:
> From: Nick Ashton-Hart <nashton at consensus.pro> via bestbits at lists.bestbits.net
> If you, or someone you know, has hands-on ICTs and especially telecom infrastructure experience and is presently in Nepal can you let me know offlist?
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> I'm trying to help emergency teams in country gain access to in-country expertise.
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> Regards, Nick
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