Amphan leaves severe disruptions in telecom services

telecom services

Cyclone Amphan has badly disrupted the telecom services at different parts of the country as it left a heavy toll on the network infrastructure on Wednesday night.

Some 50-60 percent of the mobile phone sites in Khulna, Barisal, Chattogram, Sylhet, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Rangpur and Rajshahi had been badly affected by severe cyclonic storm, AMTOB Secretary General Brig Gen S M Farhad (Retd.) said yesterday (Thursday).

However, the operators are committed to restore the services, he said in a statement.

Electricity supply of many areas remained suspended in country’s south-western belt, Farhad said, adding that initially the mobile operators used the backup battery and then switched to the generators to continue the service amid the cyclone.

“Since the affected mobile towers are mostly located in the rural areas, we need special support from the Palli Bidyut Samity to restore our services in the affected areas,” he said.

Besides, he said, employees of mobile service providers are facing difficulties to move around the country due to restriction of law enforcement agencies due to coronavirus outbreak.

“The cooperation from the authorities would be crucial for restoring the telecom infrastructure, which has become vital for the country in ongoing Coronavirus pandemic situation,” he added.

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