GSM cell site in a backpack

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Emergency Services globally recognize the impact on speed of recovery in a disaster should all communications channels be knocked out and this has brought communications deployment high on the agenda in crisis planning.

Visitors to the Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) stand at London’s BAPCO Exhibition where this is being discussed will be treated to the unveiling of the Ericsson Rapid Response GSM backpack, designed for immediate short term use to complement existing telecommunications solutions.

Weighing only 8kgs/17.6lbs, the backpack is specifically designed for mobility allowing the wearer to carry it into a disaster recovery environment and set up a fully operational GSM cell site within as little as 15 minutes.

In the event of a crisis, whether manmade or natural disaster, where all communications channels are knocked out, the backpack network can be deployed as a portable extension of a GSM mobile network interconnected by a satellite link either to a closed user group – a fire brigade unit for example, or as an extension of an existing operator network.
“The Ericsson Rapid Response GSM backpack is designed as an immediate disaster recovery emergency response solution with no special training required by the user. Once in the required location it can be put on the ground and almost instantly a mini-GSM network can be deployed and communication established simply by using the regular handheld devices”, said Richard Swardh, Director of Business Development, Ericsson.

Ericsson :

Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 1 billion subscribers and has a leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises of mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of “to be the prime driver in an all-communicating world” through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 75,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 209 billion (USD 32.2 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX NASDAQ, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.
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