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As the reports of telecom connectivity being disrupted are coming in after cyclone Fani made landfall in Orissa, telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone Idea have announced that they are well prepared to deal with the impact of the cyclone. The operators have also revealed that they have made SMS messages free for all subscribers in the circle and they are working with other operators to open intra-circle roaming to ensure connectivity. To recall, cyclone Fani hit Orissa around 8am today with heavy rainfall and high velocity winds with speeds of 175kmph.
According to reports, the telecommunication connectivity has been partially hit in Puri and Bhubaneswar districts of Orissa. No specifics are available at this point; however, the operators are said to be working to ensure connectivity for the residents of the state.
Airtel and Vodafone Idea have said that they have setup war rooms with deal with the impact of the cyclone Fani. The operators are also monitoring the situation and coordinating with the government agencies.
“War rooms with dedicated teams have been established in the state/circle offices to monitor impact of operations and coordinate quick recovery,” an Airtel spokesperson told Gadgets 360. “These war rooms are also coordinating with Government Authorities such as NDMA.”
“Vodafone Idea teams have been prepared to manage any emergency situation and network monitoring is being done through 24×7 War Rooms set up at VIL and vendor offices,” Vodafone Idea said in a statement. “We are working closely with other network providers (for ICR), partners and Government agencies to ensure stable telecom connectivity during the cyclone to let people stay connected with their loved ones.”
Both telecom operators have also stated that they have made SMS messages free for all subscribers in the telecom circle. The operators are also saying that their subscriber can use the talk time loan feature to remain connectivity in case they run out of balance. Vodafone Idea has also setup a helpline number at 1938 for people to reach out in case of an emergency.
Among other telecom operators, BSNL and Reliance Jio are yet to say anything on their efforts relating to cyclone Fani. We have reached out to both telecom operators and will update the story when we hear from them.
Written with inputs from ANI