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Lancaster University helps Slavutych town get online

Lancaster University is helping to carry out a government-funded project that will help the town of Slavutych in the Ukraine to advance technologically. Slavutych was built to house residents of Chernobyl who were evacuated after the nuclear disaster on 1986. However, the town's economic growth has been hindered by a lack of technological infrastructure.

As part of the Social and Economic Consequences of Nuclear Power Plant Closure Programme, Lancaster University is sending scientists over to the Ukraine to provide a high-tech wireless broadband system. Professor Garik Markarian of the university's Infolab21 said the work should be completed by March and that it has helped to build relationships between Russia and the Northwest. "The work is being carried out by a local company with the value-added services such as video broadcast being delivered by Rinicom, a technology company in Lancaster," he added. Slavutych is located approximately 200 kilometres from the city of Kiev


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