The Pakistan flood calamity has caused considerable damage to internet services and other infrastructure around the country.
There are currently internet outages around the nation, and as a result, more than 3000 mobile sites in Pakistan were impacted.
Thankfully, over the past few weeks, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has successfully restored a sizable number of sites.
The affected site count was 3386 on August 28, 2022 (6.55% of all sites in Pakistan), but it is now only 568 (less than 1.1% of all sites), down from 3386.
Press Release: Continued efforts by PTA and #telecom operators to restore connectivity in #flood affected areas has resulted in further reduction of affected mobile sites count across the country to 568 (less than 1.1 % of total sites).
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) September 3, 2022
The persistent work of the maintenance teams at all telecom operators allowed for this. According to PTA, more than 850 teams are presently working nonstop to give customers uninterrupted telecom services.
Additionally, mobile service providers are offering free calls throughout Pakistan’s flood-affected regions. This applies to Sindh, some of Balochistan, KP, and other badly impacted regions.
More than 80 mobile sites have been restored in the last day, and efforts are currently being made to fully restore telecom services in other locations, which is a key priority.
According to PTA, most of the coverage sites that are currently inoperable are inaccessible and submerged as a result of flooding.
For access to underwater sites and dewatering, the telecom regulator and mobile companies are coordinating with the appropriate civil and military authorities.
PTA continues to struggle with frequent power outages, unceasing rain that keeps floodwater from entering exchange buildings, and cuts in optical fiber cable (OFC) because of land sliding.
PTCL has just recovered the majority of its internet services in Quetta and other regions of Balochistan, according to PTA. Additionally, Zong, Jazz, and Ufone have restored their services in the area.
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