From 22 February to 1st March, two emergency.lu VSAT experts left on a mission in support of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) in the Ebola affected regions in Sierra Leone. The primary objective of their mission was to re-direct the operational emergency.lu kits in Port Loko and Moyamba to the new SES-5 satellite, which resulted in a direct bandwidth improvement.
After successfully repointing the antennas, the two emergency.lu volunteers also took the opportunity to discuss with WFP and Ericsson Response where improvements can be made based upon a field perspective. They also exchanged views with the IHP ICT officers in Port Loko and Moyamba, and with VSAT users to get their feed-back on the emergency.lu services.
Mark Philipps, WFP ICT Emergency coordinator Ebola Crisis – Sierra Leone, Fast IT & Telecommunication Emergency & Support Team (FITTEST)
''The two EM.LU VSATs were successfully re-pointed and have resulted in direct bandwidth improvements. Which in turn resulted in more happy users in the IHP camps''