Wireless Wednesday–"Hurricane Sandy: 25% of cell sites down, more could be on the way"

weBoost | October 31, 2012

This week for “Wireless Wednesday” we’re talking about Hurricane Sandy and how it relates to the wireless world. See what fierce wireless had to say on the topic in the excerpt below–

Wireless networks generally held up well during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, which battered the East Coast Monday night and Tuesday, but wider service disruptions are possible as backup battery power at cell sites is drained in areas with widespread power outages.

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T), Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S), T-Mobile USA and other carriers were working to asses and repair the damage caused by the powerful storm, which devastated New Jersey and the New York City metropolitan area in particular.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Tuesday afternoon that 25 percent of cell sites in 158 counties in 10 states from Virginia to Massachusetts were not operational. He indicated that service would get worse for those affected before it gets better as backup batteries and generators at cell sites fail.

“This was and still is a devastating storm with a serious impact on our nation’s communications infrastructure,” Genachowski said during a conference call, according to CNET. “The storm is not over. And our assumption is that communications outages could get worse before they get better, particularly for mobile networks because of the flooding and loss of power.” The FCC did not provide figures for exactly how many wireless customers were affected by the storm.

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