The government has asked all telecom operators in Gujarat to share infrastructure through intra-circle roaming arrangements for 15 days and advised them on measures to restore communication facilities in the event of the state being hit by cyclone Nilofar. Also Read - Airtel 5G Mumbai trials show download speeds of 1.2Gbps, upload at 850Mbps
The cyclonic storm Nilofar is expected to make landfall on the morning of October 31 at Gujarat coast. The Department of Telecom (DoT) said as per available information, districts of Kutch, Jamnagar, Junagarh and Porbandar are likely to be affected. Also Read - Let our firms take part in 5G trials, China tells India
In a communication yesterday, the DoT said, “All access providers are hereby directed to take steps for immediate maintenance and restoration of telecommunication facilities in these areas and to facilitate the knowledge of well being of relatives in these areas.” Also Read - DoT permits telecom service providers to go ahead with 5G trials
The other measures include setting up call centers in Gujarat with helpline number 1948 for telecom services and missing persons and the number should be accessible from other service areas. The operators were asked to transmit messages or advisories through SMS from government/NDMA and Met Department to all subscribers in the state.
“Endeavour shall be made to provide Wi-Fi hotspots in relief camps being organized by respective state government on the lines of facilities provided during recent J&K floods,” it said.
The DoT said all national long distance service providers and VSAT providers shall also extend help to meet the challenge by sharing infrastructure for immediate restoration of telecommunication facilities.