In January 2012 the ETC in South Sudan pioneered the ground-breaking ETC response solution.
The solution, which has been jointly developed by the Directorate for Development Cooperation in Luxembourg, Ericsson Response and WFP, allows the rapid deployment of voice and data telecommunications services anywhere in the world.
So far it has served more than 3,000 aid workers in Bentiu, Maban, Renk, Pibor and Yida. This has significantly enhanced their capacity for emergency management and coordination, and has allowed them to contact their loved ones to assure them of their safety. The installations were assisted by ETC Stand-by Partners RedR Australia and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).
“It has really benefited humanitarian operations in this country,” says Marianne Donven, Head of the Humanitarian Aid Desk at the Directorate for Development Cooperation. “I could feel that with all the efforts we have put into this project over the last two years, we have really come up with a valuable solution that will truly improve humanitarian response.”
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