AP Chief Minister Mr. Naidu warns telecos of dire consequences if Connectivity is not restored in the cyclone hit areas

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu took a hard stance on the top telecom executives including Sunil Bharti Mittal as the phones in Visakhapatnam are not working even after 5 days of the Hudhud cyclone hit the state.

Mr. Naidu’s temper took a slip and he demanded “a straight answer” for the “non performance” of the telecom operators. He stated that the efficiency of the rescue operations has gone down by 50% just because of the communication gap.

“That means you are totally commercial” said the chief minister who had obviously lost his cool.

While the telcos said the services will be resume from Saturday evening, Mr. Naidu additionally asked the telcos to come up with low tariffs for the users in the cyclone hit area and also asked them to strengthen the 3G infrastructure support for the relief operations team.

Mr. Naidu went to the extent to state he will have the Telecom executives arrested if they don’t get the connections restored immediately. We feel the telcos should have a disaster management unit which can spring to action immediately and try to restore connectivity. The Kashmir catastrophe was handled by the Telecos much more maturely than the HudHud.

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raj
October 26, 2014 9:17 pm 9:17 PM
Airtel is pathetic to say the least, they(& vodafone) are the most commercial among all the network operators(to give credit to Vodafone, they’ve handled this emergency situation far better than what Airtel did). If they charge more than other operators they should be better equipped in dealing with the situations like this. But, coming from the city of Visakhapatnam, I can say that Airtel is the worst performer in this situation(for the entire week 12-18th Oct), they haven’t restored their network as on 17th October in the city(i.e., 5 days after the cyclone made the landfall), calls to & from… Read more »
Narender
October 17, 2014 10:09 pm 10:09 PM

I can say that bsnl in such disaster will be stable as they use fiber Media than microwave antennas.
All towers of air tel have microwave antenna s that’s what the poor situation.

DUANE
October 18, 2014 9:10 am 9:10 AM

@Narender – while Microwave equipment gets impacted in monsoon / bad weather, FIBER gets impacted as well : its wire after all, and water/floods can (and will) damage it.

Sayantan
October 17, 2014 11:44 am 11:44 AM

Its obvious that the private operators are in the market just for commercial purposes.They hardly care about their customers.Its good that they have been warned to tightly.

S Gopal
October 17, 2014 1:33 pm 1:33 PM

+1 Kudos to the Chief Minister who read the riot act to erring telcos.

Shreyas
October 17, 2014 2:32 pm 2:32 PM

See gopal chandrababu or his PS might be the subscribers of Airtel on tax payers expense enjoying free calls and other stuffs ,thats why he is venting out the frustation on Airtel. RIGGGGHT!!!

S Gopal
October 17, 2014 7:22 pm 7:22 PM

Could be, specially since Airtel & !dea’s base in AP circle in general and Vizag in particular is bound to be bigger than BSNLs

Sayantan
October 17, 2014 8:58 pm 8:58 PM

Well thats good!Had it been in my state,people would have preferred private operators to bsnl.

DUANE
October 18, 2014 9:16 am 9:16 AM

@ Sayantan – thats why KOLKATA is so developed compared to Mumbai, Hyderabad etc !!!

Sayantan
October 17, 2014 3:47 pm 3:47 PM

Maybe because BSNL is not dependable these days.In the current situation after the hudhud’s activity,people will prefer some private operators for communication purposes(even though bsnl’s network in good in the south).

krish
October 17, 2014 6:25 pm 6:25 PM

bsnl has the best coverage in a.p than airtel. bsnl restored 70% while private operators only 40% in vizag.

DUANE
October 18, 2014 9:15 am 9:15 AM

@KRISH – Largest “coverage” is not everything. Living in AP (now TS) I use both BSNL and AIRTEL – and its quite obvious which one is better: widest coverage, reliable network, fast 3G (soon 4G which is under testing in Hyderabad) and much more. Happy to be an AIRTEL customer since 1995.

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