• The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) is installing Information Technology (IT) equipment in Al Hudaydah to deploy ETC services in the common United Nations (UN) building.
• The ETC completed the installation of a Communications Centre (COMCEN) in Ibb. This COMCEN allows humanitarians to utilize radios and satellite communications, increasing their safety and security.
• An assessment mission took place at the VOS Apollo, the new inter-agency passenger boat, for the possible installation of a marine satellite system. This boat will be used by humanitarians travelling between Djibouti and Aden.
The ETC is currently supporting humanitarian operations in Sana’a, Aden, Al Hudaydah, Sa’ada and Ibb. Ta’izz and Al Mukalla, where the ETC plans to deploy vital communication services, continue to be inaccessible due to security concerns.
A ceasefire was declared on 11 April ahead of United Nations (UN)-backed peace talks in Kuwait in May 2016. However, the security situation across the country has remained volatile and unpredictable.