The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) was activated in South Sudan in 2011 following the country’s independence, to provide security and data telecommunications and coordination services to the humanitarian community. Since the conflict began, the ETC scaled up its activities and expanded to new locations in the interior of South Sudan, supporting humanitarian organizations involved in the crisis response through the provision of vital telecommunication services.
The ETC has provided vital frontline ICT services to over 150 humanitarian organizations operating in South Sudan, including security telecommunications and internet connectivity services, renewable power, technical support (help desk & coordination) and training. ETC South Sudan was officially demobilised on 31 March, 2017. ICT activities are coordinated through the local ICT Working Group.