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TIBET

  • "Nortel Trials Chinese GSM-R," Unstrung, 5 March 2004: "China Ministry of Railways and Nortel Networks have signed an agreement under which Nortel Networks will provide a GSM for Railways (GSM-R) digital wireless communications network for trial on the world's highest rail line - the Qinghai-Tibet Railway... GSM-R is a radio-communications system that expands on the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) digital wireless standard to provide additional features specifically intended for railway operations... Plans call for the Qinghai-Tibet Railway trial to cover 186 kilometers. It is expected to be the first test track in Asia supported solely by GSM-R - with no analogue radio system for back-up... [GSM-R] includes GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) for data applications and supports wireless LANs (local area networks) and location-specific services..."
  • Tibetan Technology Centre in Dharamsala, India (where many Tibetan refugees live). For background on this project, see "A Wireless Network for 'Little Lhasa'," by Xeni Jardin, National Public Radio (US), 10 August 2006 - online version has streaming audio, a text transcript and photos. Also, "Wireless Binds Tibetan Exiles" by Xeni Jardin, Wired News, 17 August 2006.

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