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Telenor sets up emergency communications in earthquake-hit areas

ISLAMABAD, October 10, 2005: To enable emergency communication in far flung areas in the wake of Saturday's massive earthquake, Telenor Pakistan has opened its network in advance in several of the most adversely impacted cities. Telenor has made its services available in Mansehra and Abbottabad on an urgent basis and is providing free SIMS and services to the Ministry of Interior's National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) in order to ensure connectivity for emergency communications. Telenor is also working hard to set up network access to Balakot, one of the towns hardest hit by the calamity.

Telenor's spokesperson and Director Communication, Syed Hasnat Masood said, "Currently one of the foremost issues for rescue agencies in ensuring timely emergency response is the difficulty to communicate with these remote areas, since the earthquake has left phone lines in disarray. We have rolled out access urgently in order to respond to this need. "He assured that the Telenor network, being a thick network and having adequate capacity, will continue to work unimpaired.

He also said that Telenor teams have established camps at the Margalla Towers emergency site, at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), and at the Islamabad Poly Clinic, offering free calls to the injured, their family members and emergency workers and asked people to make use of these services. Similar setup is being made available in Mansehra and Abbotabad to help rescue workers and affected families with their communication needs. Mr. Masood further stated, "Telenor and its employees are extremely saddened by the recent tragedy and we will help out by all means possible."