• The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) Coordinator conducted a mission to Aden to assess the ICT needs of the humanitarian community ahead of activating a new ETC hub in that location.
• The ETC has recruited a second IT assistant to be based in the UN Common Accommodation Facility (UNCAF) in Sana’a to cope with the increasing demand for ETC Internet connectivity services and support.
The Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS) concluded the assessment mission to gather the technical requirements of the hybrid power solution for the ETS infrastructure and services deployed in North-East Nigeria.
The ETS received a contribution of US$855,000 from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to carry out the ETS project until the end of the year.
Angel Buitrago is an IT officer in the World Food Programme (WFP)’s regional bureau in Panama. Here he provides a first-hand account of his use of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), or drones, during an emergency — and discusses the huge potential for this fast-evolving technology in tackling and preventing humanitarian catastrophes.
Hurricanes strike the Caribbean
When Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean between August and September 2017, we decided to do a pilot with a single drone, to see if we could support assessments.
- As the existing security telecommunications network requires to be upgraded in Syria, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) is working with the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and Telecommunications Security Standards (TESS) project manager to identify the most suitable technology.
- The ETC is assessing requirements in Syria and surrounding country in preparation of the 2019 inter-agency planning exercise.
The upgrade and expansion of the UN common security communications network in Cox’s Bazar is completed.
The ETS has conducted a partial handover of equipment as part of the ETS support package for information hubs.
The ETS is now providing Internet connectivity in Madu Chara IHP (International Humanitarian Partnership) camp and Leda Logistics hub.
Since September 2017, the Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS) Working Group has been coordinating the ICT humanitarian response on the ground.
*In Bangladesh, security telecommunications services are provided by UNDSS to UN Agencies. The ETS is supporting UNDSS in upgrading and expanding existing services and infrastructure.
The Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS) has launched a user satisfaction survey to gather feedback from humanitarian using ETS services in North-East Nigeria. To participate, please visit:
To ensure ETS infrastructure and services in the humanitarian hubs in North-East Nigeria are operational when most needed, the ETS started an assessment mission to define the requirements for a hybrid power supply solution.
• The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) Information Management and Communications mission was conducted to Sana’a.
• The ETC is recruiting a second IT assistant to be based in the UN Common Accommodation Facility (UNCAF) in Sana’a to cope with the increasing demand for the ETC Internet connectivity service and support.
• The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has developed a contingency plan based on a worst-case scenario and presented it to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) during the Cluster Defence meetings.
• The ETC is currently developing a project proposal for an additional Services for Communities (S4C) project in Sana’a University, which would involve the ETC rehabilitating the IT infrastructure at the university to allow students to continue their studies.