Ericsson and Save the Children have signed a partnership agreement for global disaster response
Under the agreement, Ericsson Response provides telecommunication solutions and support services for better and faster response in disaster situations
The agreement leverages Ericsson's core competencies to prepare for and collaborate in disaster response, supporting the partner's activities
ICT plays a critical role in global disaster response, where efficient and effective emergency communications contribute to saving lives and alleviating suffering. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Save the Children today announced that the parties have signed a partnership agreement for global disaster response.
Under the agreement, Ericsson's global initiative Ericsson Response will provide communications technology and use its comprehensive ICT capabilities to contribute to a better, faster response when disaster strikes.
The initial agreement is for three years, after which it will be automatically renewed for one year at a time. As a stand-by partner, Ericsson Response is ready to assign staff and technical solutions as an emergency response or for non-emergency field operations. The organizations will also cooperate in workshops and provide training for staff and volunteers.
Ericsson Response was founded in 2000 when Ericsson employees expressed a wish to contribute their experience and skills in disaster relief situations. Since then, hundreds of employees from all over the world have volunteered, been trained and deployed to various disaster relief operations.
Over the last 13 years, Ericsson Response has supported more than 40 relief efforts in more than 30 countries. The Ericsson Response team's main tasks are to set up mobile networks for voice and data communication, as well as supporting partners in training and knowledge sharing.
Ericsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainable societies around the world.
Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscribers.
We are more than 110,000 people working with customers in more than 180 countries. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2013 the company's net sales were SEK 227.4 billion (USD 34.9 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.