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Myanmar flooding and the response of the mobile community

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Heavy rains caused floods and landslides in several parts of Myanmar during the last two weeks of July. The mobile industry responded to begin restoration efforts and to assist affected popualtions.

Preparing for the Unexpected: Ooredoo responds to a Water Crisis in the Maldives

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When a fire on the island capital of Male cut off drinking water to over 150,000 people, Ooredoo Maldives was quick to act. Through staff lead initiatives and partnership with Government and responding agencies, Ooredoo Maldives was able to contribute positively to the ...

Mobile Networks in Challenging Markets

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Mobile Network Operators from Iraq, Afghanistan and the Philippines discuss the difficulties associated with working in challenging markets, and the importance of access to communication and information for their subscribers.

Enabling Critical Connectivity in Nepal

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This blog post was originally published on the Emergency Telecommunication Cluster (ETC) website on 6th May, and details the ongoing work of the Cluster in responding the April 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Mobile Industry Earthquake Preparedness; A focus on best practise and partnership development in Nepal

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At the start of April 2015, the GSMA Disaster Response Programme co-host a 2-day event on “Mobile Industry Earthquake Preparedness; A focus on best practise and partnership development in Nepal”. Bringing together MNOs from earthquake risk markets, the session focused on ...

The Launch of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy: A role for GSMA members?

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In March, the UK Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Justine Greening, was joined by leaders from the global humanitarian community and private sector to announce the launch of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. Is there a role for the Mobile ...

Industry Consultation Workshop: Leveraging the Power of Mobile for Humanitarian Response

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The Disaster Response Programme and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) held a joint session at Mobile World Congress 2015. This session was one of a number of business consultations organised in the lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit ...

DEWN; Dialog’s Disaster and Emergency Warning Network

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Developed by Sri Lankan Mobile Network Operator Dialog in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the DEWN system utilises the capability of the mobile network to form an early warning network. This report provides an overview of the DEWN system, from conception ...

On the ‘Resilience Dividend’

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Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, recently gave a talk on her new book “The Resilience Dividend.” In it, she presents a framework to help focus our efforts to be better prepared, to better respond and to better withstand crisis. How can the Mobile ...

New Disaster Response Report: ‘Business As Usual: How AT&T deals with Natural Disasters’

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Effective business continuity management is critical following a disaster or crisis. We profile the extensive reach and rigorous procedures that make up the Network Disaster Recovery plan of one of the largest telecommunications providers in the USA, AT&T.

Innovations in Mobile Technology for Disaster Response Part V

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This is the fith and final article in a series of blogs where local, national or international innovations using mobile or mobile networks in the disaster response area will be highlighted. This week the focus; UAVs and OpenStreetMap

Innovations in Mobile Technology for Disaster Response Part IV

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This is the forth in a series of blogs where local, national or international innovations using mobile or mobile networks in the disaster response area will be highlighted. This week the focus; BRCK - Connectivity in remote and powerless environments

Innovations in Mobile Technology for Disaster Response Part III

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This is the third in a series of blogs where local, national or international innovations using mobile or mobile networks in the disaster response area will be highlighted. This week the focus; Challenge Networks - Connecting the unconnected

Responding to regional challenges in MENA; Mobile solutions and partnerships

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Responding to regional challenges in MENA; Mobile solutions and partnerships. Mobile communication and information play an important role in any humanitarian crisis. The Disaster Response programme held a consultation in Amman, Jordan, to discuss how mobile could play a role ...

MNOs respond to storm season as UNISDR praises India’s ‘Zero Casualty’ focus

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With significant cyclones making landfall in both India and Japan over the past week, the UN has praised India’s ‘Zero Casualty’ focus on cyclones, the success of which is due in part to ‘science, technology, education and logistical preparation.’

Innovations in Mobile Technology for Disaster Response Part II

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This is the second in a series of blogs where local, national or international innovations using mobile or mobile networks in the disaster response area will be highlighted. The focus this week; Innovation from SK Telecom

Innovations in Mobile Technology for Disaster Response; Part I

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This is the first in a series of blogs where local, national or international innovations using mobile or mobile networks in the disaster response area will be highlighted. This week the focus; Disaster Messaging platforms

“Super-flood” causes major communications challenges

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Over the past week, flooding has intensified in Pakistan and the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir in what is being described as a “Super-flood”. What impact has this had on mobile networks and how have MNOs supported subscribers?

Next steps towards resilient networks and partnerships in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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As the Disaster Response programme held its workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, flooding was affecting large swaths of the country. With an estimated 800,000 people displaced from their homes, and flood waters building around the capital city, participants gathered to discuss how ...

3-D Printing Tiny Drones for Resilience? A meeting on Emerging Tech asks, “Why not?”

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The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has launched a global series of events to brainstorm ‘How might emerging technology strengthen urban resilience?’ Our GSMA Disaster Response team, in partnership with the American and British R...