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Monday, January 18, 2010

Haiti's biggest mobile network says it's back to 70% efficiency

Digicel, the largest mobile network operator in Haiti, says its service is now functioning well in the earthquake-stricken capital of Port-au-Prince.

All of Digicel’s three national switch sites are operational, with one damaged but using alternative equipment. 70% of the network’s cell sites are on air and 'roaming' is fully operational. The company adds that callers may experience some congestion on the network when making and receiving international calls.

As part of its disaster-relief efforts, Digicel has given each of its two million customers $5 of free call credit. It has also set up a relief fund and is encouraging its international customers to donate.

Text message donation services for the Haiti disaster are available in the USA and the UK. The American Red Cross has now raised over $17 million from SMS donations.

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