Cell companies face losses
LAHORE: While the current flood has caused large-scale human misery it also affected cellular sites infrastructure resulting in inadequacy of telecommunication services in the affected areas.
Though the cellular companies claim that they are restoring their network, there are still many sites yet to be made functional primarily because the areas are inaccessible.
According to an official of Zong, it is difficult to determine the exact count of affected installations because of the accessibility issue in the flood-ridden areas. “The reported loss is around Rs120 million in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The loss may be more than double once we’ll be able to visit more sites in Punjab and some parts of Sindh.”
He said the partially affected areas due to flood were: Nowshera, Charsadda, Swat, Kalam, D.I. Khan, Mianwali, Skardu, Hunza, Muzaffargarh, Kot Addu, Mahmoodkot, Rajanpur, Salehpat Road, Ghouspur and Thal.
A Telenor spokesperson said the floods had caused damage to its 690 sites, however, more than 80 per cent had been restored by now. “We are working to restore the remaining sites. Restoration work is being delayed due to access issues caused by damage to roads and bridges. Continued rains are also hampering the restoration process. Other factors contributing to the delay include fuel shortage, power outages, damage to long-haul fiber link and flooding of sites in certain areas.”
An official of Ufone said its 60 sites affected in the flooded areas. A Warid spokesman said its infrastructure had been affected in the flood areas but some sites in Charsadda, Nowshera, Dir and Swat were still not restored owing to accessibility and other issues.