Ericsson Response

For 20 years, Ericsson Response has played a leading role in the UN Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), a global network of organizations that work together to provide shared communications services in humanitarian emergencies. Our partners include the World Food Programme, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UNICEF, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency MSB, and Save the Children.

Ericsson's role

 

When Ericsson Response volunteers arrive in a disaster zone, their role is to enable temporary voice and data connectivity so that humanitarian relief agencies can quickly coordinate their relief efforts. Ericsson Response works together with relief agencies, governments and local authorities to prioritise deployments in affected areas, using its telecoms skills and technology to bring together the aid organizations that help alleviate the affected populations. Volunteers remain in the affected areas enhancing and maintaining networks and equipment until local services have sufficiently recovered or until the temporary network capacity is no longer needed.

 

Based entirely on staff volunteers, Ericsson Response has helped out in humanitarian disasters for 20 years, in a wide variety of situations around the world.

 

The key role of Ericsson Response is to install and maintain temporary internet connectivity until local services have sufficiently recovered or until increased capacity is no longer needed.

 

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Hear more about Ericsson Response

Ericsson Response is a volunteer initiative that provides communications expertise, equipment and resources in times of a disaster. In this podcast, one volunteer chats with the program director about the origins and purpose of Ericsson Response.

Hear from Lars Ruediger, Program Director, Ericsson Response

Since its establishment in 2000, Ericsson Response has consistently demonstrated the powerful role information and communication technology (ICT) can play in relief efforts by providing internet access to humanitarian workers in disaster areas. I myself became an Ericsson Response volunteer in 2006 and the program has been an important part of my life ever since. Over the course of the past 10+ years, I have participated in several field missions as well as doing back-office support and development work, and preparing systems for deployment.

Read about volunteering for Ericsson Response

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of travelling to Linköping (Sweden) to take part in the weeklong training program to become an Ericsson Response volunteer. Ericsson Response is a global initiative in which Ericsson works in partnership with UN agencies such as the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Food Programme (WFP), and UNICEF, and NGOs such as the Red Cross and Save the Children, to provide telecommunications and internet support in disaster situations.

2000

  • Ericsson Response is established 2000
  • Tajikistan: Extreme drought - IFRC assessment support with volunteer team for 14 days - IFRC
  • Algeria: Extreme floods - Donation of phones and a base station. Read more ›

2001

  • Afghanistan: First Ericsson Response mission in Kabul. Provide voice calls through GSM container solution (2G) to humanitarian communiy.
  • Hungary: Flooding - Donation of phones. Read more ›
  • Peru: Earthquake – Technical support for connectivity and donation of phones - IFRC
  • El Salvador: Earthquake - Team of volunteers deployed to bring in cellphones to humanitarians - IFRC

2002

  • Tanzania: Refugee crisis - Deployment of GSM containers for voice connectivity – IFRC
  • Lesotho: Support in IFRC assessment and donation of phones

2003

  • Algeria: Earthquake – Deployment if GSM container - MSB(SRSA) and IFRC
  • Iran: Earthquake – GSM (2G) container for voice connectivity – OCHA UNDAC
  • Liberia: Civil unrest – Volunteer deployed to provide technical support to IFRC

2004

  • Indonesia: Tsunami - WiFi connectivity through WIDER – OCHA
  • Sri Lanka: Tsunami – GSM (2G) container for voice services – IFRC

2005

  • Pakistan: Earthquake – WIDER for WiFi connectivity for humanitarian workers – OCHA

2006

  • South Sudan: Civil unrest – ICT support to aid workers – Save the Children

2007

  • Central African Republic: Civil unrest - Connectivity and technical support for aid workers – MSB(SRSA) / OCHA
  • Peru: Earthquake – Technical support for IFRC operations

2008

  • South Sudan: Civil unrest – Connectivity and technical support for Save the Children

2009

  • Philippines: Flood – Technical support for international partners in effected areas
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Remains of conflict – ICT support for de-mining mission in DRC MSB(SRSA)

2010

  • Haiti: Earthquake - GSM container deployed to provide voice services to humanitarian workers (OCHA), WiFi support and general ICT support for WFP and UNICEF

2011

  • Tanzania: Project management support for "One UN” initiative

2012

  • South Sudan: Civil unrest – WiFi connectivity in various places through WIDER solution and ICT support – WFP/ETC

2014

2015

2016

  • Haiti: Hurricane Matthew – WiFi connectivity in various locations through WIDER solution – WFP/ETC

2017

  • Haiti: Hurricane – Continuation of efforts. Read more ›
  • Dominica, Antigua, St. Martin and Barbuda: Hurricanes Irma and Maria – WiFi connectivity in various locations through WIDER solution – WFP/ETC
  • Puerto Rico: Hurricanes Irma and Maria – WiFi connectivity in various locations – NetHope
  • Madagascar: Cyclone – WiFi connectivity in various locations through WIDER solution – WFP/ETC

2018

2020

  • Bangladesh: Refugee crisis – Assessment of further connectivity improvements in Rohingya refugee camps Cox’s Bazar
  • COVID-19: Pandemic response – Remote ETC/WFP HQ support in technical project management for pilot projects in Iraq, Libya and Central African Republic

Related cases

Mission in Dominica

Ericsson Response working in disaster afflicted areas. Hurricane Maria (Category 5) struck the Caribbean in September 2017 and first made landfall on Dominica.

Mission in Nepal

On April 25, 2015 a devastating earthquake struck Nepal. Ericsson Response as part of the UN Emergency Telecom Cluster was immediately deployed to assist in the relief efforts.

Mission in South Sudan

In 2012, Ericsson Response worked with Emergency Telecommunications Cluster partners, emergency.lu and the World Food Programme, to provide vital communications services to relief workers in South Sudan.