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Submission + - Keeping a Cellphone system going in a war (aljazeera.net)

dogsbreath writes: An Al Jazeera article provides fascinating insight about how engineers for one of the Libyan cell providers in the rebel held East have kept the system going in the middle of a civil insurrection. Administering a now free cellular system in a war zone brings new meaning to the term BOFH as the engineers deal with bandwidth hogs and prioritize international traffic.

A technical decision to keep a copy of the user database (the HLR) in Benghazi was crucial to keeping peoples phones on line. There are reasons besides earthquakes and Tsunamis to keep your data backed up in geographically diverse locations.

The report expands and corrects the WSJ article covered on slashdot before.

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Keeping a Cellphone system going in a war

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