Instant Network - Philippines relief mission
During the night 4 December 2012 Typhoon Bopha hit the Philippines. It was the worst typhoon to hit the island of Mindanao in 100 years. In just a few hours typhoon Bopha killed over 1,500 people, left more than 200,000 people homeless and flattened everything in its path for hundreds of kilometres. Communications were down with some mobile towers being totally destroyed.
On 8 December a team from the Vodafone Foundation, including Clifford Robertson and Jason Rogers two Vodafone New Zealand employees who trained as Vodafone volunteers, arrived in the Philippines to assist in the deployment of Vodafone Instant Network, in partnership with Telecoms Sans Frontieres and local operator SMART.
The deployment lasted 17 days with the maximum number of calls and SMS were being sent over the network at all times. In total 296,926 calls and 578,994 SMS went over Instant Network, the highest in number in any deployment to date.