Niue's WiFi Internet Survived Cyclone's Devastation
.NU Domain Services, All Located in the US and Europe, Also Still Running
Safely and Securely
Staff of the island's Internet Users Society (IUS-N), .NU Domain's charitable foundation set up to maintain free Internet services for the people of Niue, have worked tirelessly to restore the country's Internet infrastructure since the cyclone hit. IUS-N administrative manager Stafford Guest, who was in New Zealand during the storm, returned to Niue on the first flight available, with replacement equipment for the Internet services and WiFi services.
"Most of the equipment survived," said IUS-N technical manager, Richard St. Clair. "That's because we stored it all in a water-tight metal shipping container before the cyclone hit."
"Some WiFi antennas were lost," said Emani Lui, who originally installed and tuned the antennas for the WiFi service. "But many have now been repaired or replaced and are functioning normally. (see http://www.niue.nu for more information)
Portions of revenues derived from .NU domain name registrations have funded IUS-N's activities in Niue since 1997, including development of the Internet infrastructure and training of local staff to manage Niue's free national Internet link; funding and installation of the world's only national free WiFi net; as well as paying for computers, text books and sports clothing for the island's schools.
The cyclone in Niue caused no disruption in .NU Domain's customers' domain name servers, web sites and other technical services. .In order to avoid the risks associated with unpredictable and destructive storms of the South Pacific, .NU Domain has always operated its servers and operations in secure professionally managed sites in Europe and the United States.
"We knew it was critical that Niue's communications infrastructure be rebuilt as quickly as possible. We are proud of the efforts of the team in Niue who have been working since the storm hit to restore Niue's Internet link," said J. William Semich, founder and CEO of .NU Domain. "In addition, we are committed to repairing or replacing any damaged or destroyed equipment that .NU Domain has donated to Niue"
.NU Domain is calling on its customers around the world to support the aid effort through the Red Cross's Pacific Cyclone Relief web fund. "Niue needs help now, and we urge those who want to donate money to support the New Zealand Red Cross relief effort," said Semich. The New Zealand Red Cross have been active on the island from the start and are delivering clothes, cooking equipment and first-aid kits for those that have been made homeless. The Red Cross Cyclone relief fund can be reached through the link www.redcross.org.nz.
Source: .NU Domain Ltd