The ETS was activated in Bangladesh in August 2017 in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Situation Reports are distributed every month.
The ETS received a contribution of US$1 million from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). With this contribution, the ETS in Bangladesh is now 59 percent funded out of a required US$1.7 million to deliver services in 2022.
In May, the ETS connected four new sites to the data connectivity network. There are now 47 sites connected to the ETS network across three common operational areas—Cox’s Bazar, Teknaf, and Ukhiya—with a total of 549 data connectivity users, which include 30 new users.
The ETS is monitoring and reinforcing the masts which facilitate ETS connectivity services across multiple sites. Acting on lessons learned from 2021, the ETS is taking preparedness measures to mitigate against the impact of damage to the masts caused by cyclones and adverse weather events. Tropical cyclone season in Bangladesh is from June to August.