Connectivity for Humanitarian Organisations
Purpose: Internet connectivity is an essential tool for all humanitarian organisations. The ETC deploys an internet connectivity service, distributed via a Wi-Fi network for humanitarian organisations on a temporary basis when the national infrastructure is either damaged, does not provide enough capacity, or where it makes operational sense to have a shared service. As soon as practical, shared services are transitioned to national infrastructure with long term cost sharing arrangements between partners if appropriate, or individual organisations purchase an independent internet connection and the shared service is removed.
Description: Shared internet connectivity is distributed from a single location (e.g. a humanitarian hub), expanding to other specific sites where necessary. Typically, service is provided in a location where more than one organization has established a presence.
The type of access and use of the service depends on both resources available and requirements. Typically, in the early hours of a sudden onset emergency, portable low capacity devices are used, transitioning to higher capacity services and a larger Wi-Fi networks as an emergency unfolds.