Telecom companies warn of connectivity problems if power crisis continue

The telcoms said that the duration of power outages has even exceeded the backup capaity.

Telecom companies warn of connectivity problems if power crisis continue

Telecommunication operators have warned the government of connectivity problems if the power crisis continues, due to high fuel costs and restrictions on battery imports.

According to news outlets, leading cellular mobile operators have penned down a letter to PTA, stating that due to power outage, it is becoming tougher to deal with the situation, despite having backup generators and batteries. The telcoms said that the duration of power outages has even exceeded the backup capaity.

Connectivity problems

The letter also talked about ‘critical economy-wide factors,’ which are impeding and could constrain the functioning of the operators in the future. The telecom operators said that the increase in prices of fuel has placed a strain on the provision of backup for their BTS or base transceiver station sites.

The extra fuel consumption to ensure a reliable backup is against the government’s goal of rationalizing fuel consumption during the ongoing crisis. The current situation has made it challenging to maintain network availability. The condition of 100% cash margin restriction on the import of network/backup equiment imposed by the State Bank of Pakistan has made the situation more challenging.

It has also dented their ability to roll out additional sites to meet the licensed quality of service requirements, which has hindered the addition of backup capacity to overcome power outages. The telecom companies have urged PTA to help the industry keep providing essential telecom services to people. The operators warned PTA that if the outage continues, they would be ”constrained to notify force majeure situation under special circumstances.”

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