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Five mobile phone operators expand their network coverage to assist rescue operations

All five mobile phone operators have joined rescue workers in their attempt to ensure the safe return of 13 footballers and coach trapped inside a cave in Chiang Rai by expanding their network to cover the entire cave and its surroundings to facilitate communications among all the rescue and support teams.

Mr Takorn Tanthasith, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, said that the telecom regulator had asked the five mobile phone operators namely AIS, True, DTAC, CAT, and TOT to shift their signal towers toward Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non so as to expand the network to help improve communication.

A team of technicians from NBTC's Chiang Rai office had also been sent to the scene since Sunday to coordinate with the rescue and support teams.

On top of that, CAT has installed drop wire from the cave entrance about 1,300 meters into the cave to facilitate the use of land-line communication with the Seal teams which have advanced deeper into the seven-km cave to locate and rescue the 13.

CAT also brought radio-transmitters to the cave for use among all the rescue and support teams.

Takorn said that NBTC had closely monitored the incident and had been trying to offer a helping help to ensure the safety of the 13 people trapped inside the cave.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)

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