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Costly impact of load-shedding on mobile networks

Costly impact of load-shedding on mobile networks Vusi.Bafetane Thu, 12/12/2019 - 07:24 Teaser Media Paragraphs Cellular service providers are battling with network coverage because of ongoing load-shedding. And the more frequent and longer blackouts are having a costly impact. eNCA s John Bailey reports. JOHANNESBURG - Cellular service providers are battling with network coverage because of ongoing load-shedding. And the more frequent and longer blackouts are having a costly impact. While load-shedding is bad enough, most people have noticed their cellphone signals have dropped as well. This means users are unable to make calls or send and receive messages. READ: Why your cellphone loses signal during load-shedding The network providers have invested billions in battery backup systems and generators. “The cellphone network is totally dependent on power,” said Vodacom Managing Executive Johan Engelbrecht. “The equipment, every single tower is dependent on electricity. If there s no power it can t function. READ: Sabotage to blame for power loss: Ramaphosa Network operators are battling sophisticated syndicates that have been stealing batteries daily. Currently MTN has 3000 base stations without batteries installed because they ve been stolen or vandalized,” said Ernest Paul from MTN. “This means 25-percent of network is unavailable. That means one in four towers are unavailable Gauteng, Limpopo and the Free State were among the most affected by poor cellphone network connectivity.


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