Cyclone Fani : Vodafone Idea Revives 90% Network In Odisha

Vodafone Idea has claimed that it has revived almost 90% of its damaged network in Cyclone Fani-hit Odisha. The operator’s network was damaged in 10 affected districts of Odisha when Cyclone Fani hit the coastal state on 3 May.

The company in a statement said that over 2600 sites have been repaired now and are operational by 15 May.

The company also claimed that it has managed to simultaneously restore 85% of broadband connectivity enabling its 3G and 4G users to use data services. Having quickly restored high levels of connectivity across 2G, 3G and 4G networks, VIL is also enabling users of other operators to latch onto its network through ICR voice during this critical period.

Vodafone Idea claimed to become the first operator to restore services in key locations of Puri, within a short span of time, and its 3G and 4G services are now available across majority of the network in the impacted areas. Of all areas that were hit by the cyclone, Puri was the most affected as the cyclone had made the landfall here and wind speeds of 200 to 225 kms per hour recorded during the turbulence.

As the first operator to enable connectivity in parts of Puri town, the company said, its team is continuing to work closely with all stakeholders to expedite network restoration in Puri which has witnessed severe impact. It has already completed connecting 9 Blocks in the District. Stocked fuel and DG sets are being used to run the sites at a time when power supply is unavailable.

The company revived more than 1500 sites within one week of the devastation and also claimed to have offered assistance to other operators to latch onto its network for roaming. The operator also thanked the state administration for all sort of help and assistance.

The company said despite the high magnitude of the cyclone, VIL’s proactive planning, 24×7 network monitoring and close working with various Government authorities, partners and other operators ensured quick restoration of network connectivity in the region.

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