FITTEST – WFP’s Fast IT and Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team – is a group of humanitarian responders that deploys globally to establish and restore information and communications technology services in emergency response. Backed by over two decades of experience, FITTEST provides data connectivity, security telecommunications, digital assistance and coordination services in emergencies where communication is critical to humanitarians and affected populations.
In its role as the IT emergency response capacity of WFP, FITTEST often works with the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) to provide shared communications services in humanitarian emergencies.
FITTEST coordinates and establishes ICT services that have been disrupted by conflicts and natural disasters. FITTEST is called upon by the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) to rapidly assess and help coordinate the ICT response in emergencies.
By working closely with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and the Telecommunications Security Standards (TESS) project team, FITTEST assists in deploying the most suitable security telecommunications systems in any humanitarian operation. Solutions deployed by FITTEST, such as satellite and mobile phones, radio communications
FITTEST provides data and voice connectivity services in humanitarian operational locations where local infrastructure has been destroyed or is non-existent. The provision of data and voice connectivity services enables humanitarians and governments to coordinate their responses, interact with affected populations and deploy digital assistance platforms.
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