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SoftBank's drones keep mobile network alive in disaster-hit Japan

The devices will restore downed mobile networks in an hour

SoftBank aims to install "drone base stations" across Japan. (Photo courtesy of SoftBank)

TOKYO -- Japanese telecom SoftBank Corp. will deploy drones that serve as base stations for mobile phones, in a move to help restore vital communications quickly when a natural disaster damages base stations on land.

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