South Sudan

Republic of South Sudan - ETC Situation Report #71 (Reporting Period: 31/03/2015 to 13/04/2015)

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  • The implementation of Humanitarian Internet Support Project (HISP) services has been fully completed in two sites: Aweil and Malakal. HISP is a reliable, low-cost and long-term solution to meet the internet connectivity needs of humanitarian actors in remote and hard to reach locations.

  • Following the complete HISP implementation, the ETC emergency response data connectivity services will be deactivated in Malakal, from 15/04/2015.

Achievements

  • The ETC continues to support 24x repeater sites for the provision of security telecommunications services.

  • On-site as well as remote ICT support services are being provided to 10x data connectivity sites across the country.

  • In Mingkaman (Lakes State), an ETC mission to solve equipment issues experienced during the past week has been successfully completed. Replacement equipment has been installed, restoring reliable security telecommunications to humanitarians operating in this area.

o A front line HISP service deployment assessment mission has been completed in Mingkaman.
Partners have been actively involved and their technical needs evaluated to ensure efficient coordination.

o ETC technicians have also provided on-site ICT Helpdesk services to all partners responding in this area.

  • In Malakal (Upper Nile State), a mission to deploy a MikroTik user authentication system for the new HISP service has been carried out at the ETC site. This measure addresses the issue of unauthorized use of the internet services, allowing more regulated and reliable internet connectivity services.

o Following the complete HISP implementation, the ETC emergency response data connectivity services will be deactivated in Malakal, from 15/04/2015.

  • The ETC continues to provide radio programming services to humanitarian partners in South Sudan.
    During the reporting period, 37x radios have been programmed for World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Oxfam.