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More Technical & Providing Services to other Clusters or Humanitarian Community, No NGO member. Emergency Telecom Cluster (ETC). Presented by: Mirwais Shinwary Head of ICT, WFP ETC Coordinator. Emergency Telecom Cluster (ETC). 3Ws, Who What Where/Map

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Emergency telecom cluster etc

More Technical & Providing Services to other Clusters or Humanitarian Community, No NGO member

Emergency Telecom Cluster (ETC)

Presented by: Mirwais Shinwary

Head of ICT, WFP

ETC Coordinator


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Emergency Telecom Cluster (ETC)

  • 3Ws, Who What Where/Map

  • 24/7 radio rooms, Kabul, Kunduz, Mazar, Hirat, Kandahar, Gardez, Faizabad, Jalalabad and Bamyan

  • VHF Coverage, simplex and duplex

  • HF Coverage

  • Mobile Phone Coverage

  • MiniM/Thuraya Satellite Phones

  • Internet Services, VSAT, Fiber Optic


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Emergency Telecom Cluster (ETC)


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Emergency Telecom Cluster (ETC)

  • No funding is received for any project. This affected the work of ETC on a number of levels for 2012.

  • There is no updated agreement with the Government on the use of Telecom equipment and frequencies for the Humanitarian Community.

  • License for most of the HF and VHF frequencies used by the Humanitarian community for decades is not obtained. Most of the frequencies used by agencies are unlicensed and as a result the network is suffering from interference, jamming and irregularities among the agencies and the military. We really need the support of HC/RC and the HCT as whole.

  • Problems at the Customs office and MOC/ATRA for the import of the Telecom equipment were encountered. Most of the times it takes months for clearance.

  • No country-wide Telecoms contingency plan or Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan (DRP/BCP) is in place.

  • Lack of attendance and contribution from member agencies and NGOs as well as low-level technical staff at ETC meetings was a challenge.

  • The Inter agency tower collapsed on TV hill and need to be replaced with a steady and strong tower.


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Emergency Telecom Cluster (ETC)

  • Independent VHF setup for most of the agencies in Kabul has discouraged working jointly and with common setup and approach.

  • TV Hill Access is a huge issue; ETC drafted the letter and with the support of OCHA will be sent to ministry of Defiance once signed by HC/RC. The challenge of many agencies setup on TV hill make it impossible that over 40 access cards would be issued to the UN.

  • The MoC and ATRA are now not extending any Telecom frequencies license for UN agencies and also not clearing the equipment from custom, as the condition is that the Telecom equipment for each agency to be registered first and VHF/HF frequencies license to be obtained first.

  • OMT formed separate working group for ICT and Telecommunication issues, which is a duplication of current active Cluster.


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