Connectivity in Times of Need

By    November 25, 2015

At Cambium Networks, we envision a world where everyone has equal access to information, regardless of their location or socioeconomic status. Our mantra – to connect the unconnected – is a global one.

As part of this mission, we support international charity and relief efforts where we can, and we are proud to have worked closely with the Irish nonprofit Disaster Tech Lab (DTL) to deliver broadband to those who need it most. In 2013 and 2014, for instance, we deployed a network of an ePMP™  integrated Access Point, ePMP Subscriber Modules and C3VoIP network gateway devices to connect camps and buildings in the Philippines for villagers affected by the destructive Typhoon Haiyan.

Today, I’d like to call attention to a more recent project where DTL is continuing to make a positive impact.  

You may have seen in the news that many people are fleeing war-torn regions of the Middle East in search of shelter and safety at refugee camps in Europe. Crises like this one often separate family members and loved ones, making it difficult for them to keep in touch and maintain access to information. So, to help the thousands of refugees who were displaced to the Grecian island of Lesbos, one of our engineers flew out to help DTL deploy our equipment and connect the camps of Moria and Kara Tepe.

So far, they have established four PTP links and one ePMP™ Access Point with three Subscriber Modules. There are presently eight active cnPilot™ ePMP hotspots. It is our hope that through these free resources, camp residents will be able to keep in touch with family and friends and use their own smartphones.

The networks will also help local NGOs, police and medical teams access the Internet and maintain steady communications. The police department will even be able to secure the registration of the refugees upon arrival and transfer data and photos to their headquarters in Mytilini, Lesbos’ capital.

In times of need, reliable connectivity can make all the difference. If you work in the technology industry and have equipment to spare, please consider making a charitable donation to DTL.