Saturday, November 19, 2005

Skype Ready to Help Quake Disaster Recovery

Good see that peer-to-peer VoIP application Skype is offering help to Pakistan in Quake Relief Efforts:

DRN is working with Pakistan's Ministry of IT to locate the resources needed to re-establish the telecommunications infrastructure and install emergency wireless/satellite capabilities in the affected areas. Skype Technologies, the developer of software that supports free global phone communications via the Internet, recently contacted the DRN with an offer to assist the Ministry. To take advantage of Skype's technology, the Ministry needs 40 lap tops, which to date have not been secured. DRN also put the Ministry in touch with PACTEC (the humanitarian arm of the Mission Aviation Fellowship) regarding the installation of 5 VSAT satellite communications centers in Islamabad, Muzaffarabad and other sites still under survey.

Hopefully, at least this time the PTA will not interefere in the VoIP issue with its usual insane objections.

Thanks for Irfan Khan for posting information about it on the S-ASIA-IT List.

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