Pre-plan for ebola-style crises

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

African operators have been advised to pre-plan for a crisis such as the one faced by West African countries in the form of the ebola outbreak, by ensuring people are signed up to information dissemination services in advance.

Panelists speaking at the GSMA Mobile 360 Series Africa event in Cape Town said it was extremely difficult for operators to get people signed up for such services at the time of a crisis, and thus steps should be taken before.

Jacob Korenblum, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of SoukTel, which works with development agencies and mobile operators to come up with solutions for disaster areas, said in Somalia is organisation set up a service that provided subscribers with updates on soap operas, but which when a food crisis hit the country provided information on things such as food distribution points.

Source: Biz Tech Africa (link opens in a new window)

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