Telecom operators are collaborating with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), infrastructure providers (IP), and local governments to restore telecom and internet networks that were disrupted by Cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, and Daman and Diu.
“The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and its affiliates are collaborating closely with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Infrastructure Providers (IPs), and state governments to mitigate the effect of Cyclone Tauktae on India’s telecommunications network,” said S.P. Kochhar, Director General of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
He said in a statement that the telcos are taking every precaution to minimize the effects of Cyclone Tauktae on the citizens living in the affected states.
Intra-circle roaming has been implemented to enable cell phone customers to seamlessly migrate between telecom service providers (TSPs) in the event that their primary TSP becomes unavailable. Priority Call Routing assists elected agencies in coordinating and carrying out reconstruction efforts, he said.
Both TSPs and their OEM members have increased their on-the-ground presence to safeguard and rebuild telecom networks. TSPs also deployed additional Cell on Wheels (CoW) to assist affected telecom sites in response to the disturbance in mobile towers.
“In the absence of grid power, sufficient diesel and battery backup at telecom sites ensures service reliability. Close communication with the NDMA and their field teams is being maintained “As Kochhar said.