Cliff Saran interviews Fabien Doléac of Telecoms Sans Frontières (TSF), who has recently returned from Mozambique where he setup a telecommunication centre.
Doléac set up a BGAN satellite phone which was used to allow people affected by severe flooding to talk to relatives and loved ones.
There was no electricity on site and the Doléac and the crew fom TSF had to use a car battery and home-made power connections to provide power to the communications equipment.
Over 258,000 Mozambicans were affected by the heavy floods in 2007 and 2008. Doléac previously went over to support the relief effort after the
2007 flooding where he was part of a TSF crew sent out to install three communication centres in Caia, Mutarara and Mopeia. Each centre was equipped with Internet access, laptops and voice communications using VHF radio equipment.
A graduate in telecommunications, Doléac has worked at TSF for the last 18 months. Prior to Mozambique,his first mission was setting up a telecommunications centre in Nicaragua.
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This was first published in April 2008