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Seven BT engineers have volunteered to help rebuild communications in disaster-hit Indonesia following the devastating Boxing Day tsunami.

The engineers, specialists in satellite, radio communications and under-sea cables, are due to fly out today to help workers at Telekom Indonesia.

The seven engineers agreed to help restore communications after responding to an internal email calling on volunteers who were prepared to "drop everything and put their lives on hold".

A BT spokesman said: "We asked for people who would be able to be self-sufficient and face unpleasant living conditions for several weeks. They will see the state of the network and work with people on the ground and local authorities to assess what needs to be done." ®

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