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.
dogsbreath writes: "Eastern Libya, held by the anti-Gaddafi rebels, has restored cellular and internet communications after being cut off by Gaddafi's Tripoli based national telco. The Wall Street Journal describes the situation and how communications were restored. Interesting that Huawei, the Chinese telecom vendor of the Libyan system, refused to co-operate or sell equipment to the rebels."