Open Network Project Providing Free Wi-Fi for Refugees

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Volunteers are asking mobile network operators to send mobile towers ASAP

Along with basic necessities, water, food, clothes and a place to sleep. refugees also need a way to contact their loved ones either back home or at their final destination, and in these modern times, the easiest way to communicate is, of course, online.

That’s why a group of young volunteers at the Open Network Project decided to set up improvised hot spots on locations with the highest number of refugees and provide them with free WiFi.

They are walking around the camps with backpacks on their backs and signs Free WiFi. They were already in Beli Manastir, yesterday they were helping out in Opatovac, at least trying to since they were not allowed near the actual refugee camp so they set up the hot spots from a distance, and they will keep volunteering even though they were warned that providing this kind of service is not exactly 100% legal.

Photo: Projekt Otvorena Mreža Facebook

Members described their project on their official Facebook page: “We wanted to help, so we are joining the organisations in Beli Manastir and all other locations. We will help the Red Cross to set up their WiFi links so that they can work more easily. However, we cannot do everything by ourselves, so any form of help is welcome. If you have batteries, solar panels, SIM cards, routers please contact us on [email protected] or call us on 091 3000 606″ 

Members of the Open Network Project are also hoping mobile operators will join them as soon as possible and deliver portable mobile network towers to increase the speed and capacity which is not only necessary for the needs of refugees but also all other services stationed in Opatovac – police, Red Cross, rescue services, medical teams etc…


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