The Emergency Telecommunications Sector was activated on 23 November 2016 to address the critical ICT needs identified during an assessment in North-East Nigeria in September 2016. The fulfilment of these gaps enables humanitarians on the ground to carry out their jobs efficiently and safely, ultimately assisting more people and saving more lives.
The Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS) deployed Internet connectivity and security telecommunications services at the first humanitarian hub in Gwoza.
The first Local ETS Working Group in Maiduguri took place on 7 April and participants from five agencies attended.
The ETS carried out a mission in Damaturu between 15-17 March where over 35 humanitarians were trained on radio communications procedures.
• The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) continues to provide vital security telecommunications and data services to the humanitarian community in 8x operational areas across Central African Republic (C.A.R.): Bangui, Bambari, Kaga-Bandoro, Bossangoa, Zemio, N'Dele, Paoua and Bouar.
• The ETC is planning for the transition of long-term shared Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services from the end of June this year.
• Full inventories of ETC equipment at each of the 7x field sites is being carried out.
An estimated seven million people across Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states of Nigeria are in need of life-saving assistance as a result of years of ongoing violence in the North-East of the country.
With telecommunications infrastructure having been severely damaged by the conflict, provision and restoration of communications services are required to support the response community.