New Delhi, February 23
The Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) said on Wednesday that the power outage in parts of Chandigarh had impacted telecommunication towers and disrupted mobile network connectivity in some areas, and telecommunications operators talk about all measures to power their sites and their exchanges using alternative sources.
COAI’s comments came as many parts of Chandigarh continued to face power cuts on Tuesday, a day after electricity department workers launched a three-day strike to protest privatization.
Due to the Chandigarh Electricity Department Employees Union strike, there have been instances of power outages in some parts of the city, COAI said in a statement.
“This has impacted telecom towers resulting in disruption of mobile network connectivity in affected areas. Telecom operators and infrastructure providers are taking all measures to power their sites, exchanges using batteries from alternative sources, DGs, solar panels, etc., in the absence of EB supply in some areas,” said COAI Managing Director SP Kochhar.
COAI is an umbrella body of telecommunications operators, and its members include Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea.
Meanwhile, the Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (formerly TAIPA), which is a leading body of telecom infrastructure players, has called for urgent intervention from authorities to resolve the issue.
“Due to the current electricity crisis in Chandigarh, telecommunications services are severely affected in all parts of UT and neighboring states. the Digital Infrastructure Providers Association, DIPA, in a statement. .
During the current crisis, there have been incidents of telecommunications network outages in these areas, said DIPA, which warned that if the crisis is not resolved immediately, it “could have a significant impact on the connectivity of the telecommunications network”.
“We have requested Banwarilal Purohit, Administrator of Chandigarh, to ensure the resolution of the ongoing electricity crisis on a war footing and to make the necessary arrangements to provide a continuous supply of electricity to the sites of the mobile communication towers in order to to enable telecom companies to provide seamless telecom network connectivity to the general public,” said TR Dua, Director General of DIPA.
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