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Hurricane Sandy: 19% of cell sites still down in storm-hit areas

Posted By TelecomTV One , 05 November 2012 | 0 Comments | (0)
Tags: Hurricane Sandy telcos AT&T Verizon Sprint emergency disaster relief FCC

Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA are all working to restore service to the storm-hit areas. By Phil Goldstein


Wireless carriers continued to struggle to fully resolve service outages on their networks as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, yet they and the FCC reported progress in those efforts. Still, some questioned whether the continuing outages exposed problems with the carriers' backup plans for operating in natural disasters where power is knocked out for a significant period of time.


The FCC said Thursday that around 19 per cent of cell sites were out of service in the areas hit by the storm, stretching from Virginia to Massachusetts. The main concern is that backup batteries and generators at cell sites are running out of power. Wireless carriers have fought proposed FCC regulations that would require them to install backup batteries at all of their sites...


FierceWireless: Hurricane Sandy: 19% of cell sites still down in storm-hit areas; TelecomTV content partner.

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