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Video: How Some Refugees Access Wi-Fi

A migrant rides with his bicycle in the Calais refugee camp, northern France Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

A migrant rides with his bicycle in the Calais refugee camp, northern France Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. // Michel Spingler/AP

Inside refugee camps, the smartphone serves as an important lifeline. But how are refugees getting internet access?

At one refugee camp in Calais, France, dubbed "The Jungle" has a unique way of accessing Wi-Fi.

A volunteer organization drives an old blue truck with a homemade antenna known as the Refugee Info Bus into the camp every day. The antenna connects to the mobile network using multiple SIM cards and then beams a Wi-Fi signal to the refugees. The truck uses about 50 gigabytes every two days split among roughly 400 people.

That's the same amount of data used by the average person in a month, but for refugees is a vital connection to the outside world.

To learn more, check out the video below from CNET

By Caitlin Fairchild August 11, 2016

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