Situation poses major challenge for operators to maintain network availability— File Photo: AFP
The telecom industry has warned the government that if high fuel prices and strict conditions on battery imports continue along with prolonged power outages, connectivity problems could arise.
Leading cellular mobile operators Jazz, Telenor, PTCL and Ufone in a letter to the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) said that backup power should be available in the form of generators and batteries, Dawn reported . Despite this, it seems almost impossible for cellular operators to deal with these prolonged power outages.
The letter was written to draw the attention of the telecom regulator to some of the key factors in the economy that are a direct impediment and are feared to meet operators’ current service quality obligations, key performance indicators as well as new licenses. Under the terms, our network will further affect our ability to meet rollout responsibilities.
They also lamented that rapidly rising fuel prices were creating additional barriers to the provision of generator backups for their base transceiver station sites.
In addition, this extra fuel consumption for backup was going against the government’s ‘goal of rationalizing fuel consumption in these trial times’, making it a major challenge for operators to maintain network availability. Has given
The letter also stressed that the situation has worsened after the State Bank of Pakistan imposed a 100% cash margin ban on imports of network / backup devices, including batteries.
The letter said the situation severely damaged the ability of CMOs to roll out more sites to meet the standard of licensed service requirements but more backup capacity to cope with extended power outages.
Telecom companies noted that recent financial and political developments have further affected the deteriorating shape of the country’s already capitalist telecom sector and called on the PTA to provide the necessary telecom services to the public.