Telecom services hit hard in KP
LAHORE: The catastrophe of the recent heavy rains and floods has seriously affected the infrastructure of the telecommunication services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
According to a press release issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) here on Monday, the worst-affected areas as far as the telecommunication infrastructure is concerned are: Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan, Swabi, Swat, Dir, Malakand, Kohat, Jahangira, Dera Ismail Khan and Timergara.
A total of 53 base station controllers (BSCs) and 2,703 base transceiver stations (BTSs) have been affected in Peshawar, Nowshera, Dir, Mardan, Charsadda, Swabi, Jahangira, Swat, Bara, Timergara, Mingora, Bannu, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan, Kurram Agency and Khyber Agency.
Although the restoration process of services was a gigantic task in the wake of heavy floods and difficult access to affected areas, the backbone service providers and mobile operators in compliance with the PTA’s instructions made their utmost efforts and chalked out a comprehensive plan.
Eventually, a total of 43 BSCs and 2,239 BTSs have been restored so far while the rest of sites are being accessed to by technical teams and shall be restored shortly.
PTA director-general (enforcement) Yawar Yasin visited the zonal office in Peshawar where all service providers informed him about the current status of the telecommunication infrastructure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and also shared a future course of action for repair of the damaged sites.
After having seen the ground situation and getting update from all telecom service providers, the director-general directed them to complete the remaining repair work at the earliest.