• During 2018, ETS communications services have been used by 2,931 humanitarians from 106 United Nations (UN) agencies, local and international Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) across North East Nigeria.
• Maintenance and upgrade missions were carried out on the ETS services deployed in the hubs in Bama, Gwoza and Monguno to ensure its fully operability.
From providing vital IT services in Iraq, Nigeria and Yemen to supporting preparedness activities in the Pacific and Caribbean regions, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) was highly active in 2018. Here's a brief overview of what we did and where we were last year. Have a look at the ETC annual infographic.
• The ETC will be phasing out of Iraq completely by 31 March 2019 and is therefore planning to transition all its services.
• The ETC conducted two missions to Domiz and Arbat camps to demobilize the Ericsson Response equipment.
• The ETC will stop providing Internet connectivity in all the hubs by 31 December 2018 as part of the ETC phase out and closure.
• The ETS carried out ICT improvements at the Madhu Chara Logistics hub to improve site security and enable more users to access the network.
• Equipment needed for the ETS to upgrade the broadcast coverage of Radio Naf has now arrived in Bangladesh.
• The ETC conducted a joint mission with WFP IT to Al Hudaydah to assess and enhance where possible the ETC services to support the humanitarian operation and the UN Special Envoy mission that is monitoring the ceasefire agreement.
• The ETC has ordered additional equipment required to support the scale-up activities planned in Al Hudaydah.
• The Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS) was activated in Libya in October 2018.
• The ETS will ensure the provision of critical telecommunications services for humanitarians in Tripoli as well as new hubs being established in Benghazi and Sebha.
• The ETS requires US$2.4 million to cover the implementation of its project plan in 2019.
Since its activation in November 2016, the Emergency Telecommunications Sector has been providing shared communications services to humanitarians in North-East Nigeria. These services enable a more efficient and safer humanitarian response in areas with limited or unavailable services from local communications service providers.
An estimated 7.7 million people across Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states of Nigeria are in need of lifesaving 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.
• The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) conducted a second inter-agency ICT capacity building exercise in Sana’a.
• The ETC opened two new hubs in Al Hudaydah providing life-changing telecommunications services to the response community.
• The ETC will continue to provide its much-needed ICT support to World Health Organisation’s (WHO)
Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) project as part of the cholera response.
- As part of the future of security telecommunications project, the ETS hosted a Telecommunications Security Standards (TESS) mission to review the security telecommunications systems in place in North-East Nigeria.
Mobile network coverage data as reported by IOM- NPM key informants as of 20 November 2018. Camp & Block Boundaries as disseminated by ISCG & SM Sector as of 30 October 2018. Disclaimer: This map is for illustration purposes only. Names and boundaries on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by UN.