Ericsson announced that the company will partner with the GSMA Development Fund, MTN Uganda, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide connectivity to refugee camps in Adjumani, northern Uganda.
The Refugee Connectivity Project is designed to demonstrate about access to voice and data communications, which can be carried out in an affordable and sustainable way in refugee camps and settlements. The project will be able to grow rapidly and will be introduced into new refugee territories to support family reunification, education, health care, economic empowerment and other urgent refugee concerns. Mobile communication will allow both refugees and humanitarian organizations to connect children and families who have been separated, ensure the delivery of quality education and e- learning, and provision of real-time health information including data on disease outbreaks, patient records and drug supplies. Ericsson will support the pilot by extending networks into previously unconnected areas or by upgrading existing GSM networks to provide voice and data capabilities.