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Ericsson to the rescue

At Ericsson's Capital Markets Day this week, CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg said the company's first priority following the massive earthquake in Sichuan had been to ensure that Ericsson's China-based staff and their families were safe and well.

It transpires that the vendor also provides emergency mobile communications in regions affected by natural disasters such as these: On a tour of a model "cell site" at Ericsson headquarters on Thursday, our guide wanted to show us the emergency response GSM vehicle the company sends to troubled parts of the world, only to find the van being packed up in readiness for shipment to China. The guide explained that Ericsson pays for the emergency service itself, although political difficulties sometimes mean the van languishes in customs for several weeks...
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