Among the private telcos, Reliance Jio's base transceiver stations suffered the maximum damage at 33 per, Bharti
at 13 per cent, said the official. The data services have been impacted more than voice in
and the damage to RJio's BTS could be one of the reasons.
The official, however, said that base transceiver stations belonging to Reliance Jio
are expected to be the first ones to be restored as most of them run on power and not diesel gensets and will start functioning once power supply resumes. Reliance Jio
also has overhead fibre cables which have already been restored, he said.
The private telecom operators did not respond to queries on the damage and restoration work. According to a person in the know, less than 10 per cent of the BSNL’s base transceiver stations will need to be restored in about a week 's time. The Department of Telecommunications
on Thursday held a meeting with all the internet and telecom service providers for getting updates about the network situation in Kolkata. The meeting was presided by the Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash.
It has also been learnt that telecom companies have made significant progress in restoring base transceiver stations in West Bengal
and the situation is likely to improve further over the weekend, when electricity supply is restored. BTS equipment, along with towers, is crucial for the restoration of services.
As far as Odisha is concerned, almost 100 per cent of the telecom infrastructure is up and running. Cyclone
Amphan inflicted the maximum damage in West Bengal
because it made landfall there. The cyclone later moved to Odisha.
Prakash asked both Airtel
and Vodafone Idea
to get 1,000 sites working in the next 24 hours during the meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
on Friday visited West Bengal and announced a relief package of Rs 1,000 crore for the state. He also conducted an aerial survey of the cyclone-affected districts in Odisha.