Sweden sends phone equipment to New Orleans

Sweden on Monday sent GSM mobile phone equipment to New Orleans to help restore telecommunications to areas hit by hurricane Katrina, the Swedish Rescue Services Agency has said.

A Hercules F7 transport plane took off from Landvetter airport in Gothenburg, on Sweden’s southwestern coast, on Monday with “three GSM network stations” supplied by telecoms giant Ericsson on board, a spokesman for the state agency, Mats Oscarsson, told AFP.

“That’s all the United States accepted from our offer,” he added.

Sweden offered on September 2nd to send water sanitation equipment, experts and medical aid, but the US said it was unable to process the foreign aid requests at the time and only got back to Sweden this weekend.

Telecommunications giant Ericsson, which is supplying the mobile telephony material, was also sending two employees, accompanied by a logistics expert from the state agency.

The shipment is scheduled to land at a US military base in Little Rock, Arkansas, before being transported by truck to New Orleans.


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