The telecommunications companies are now making headway in rebuilding the network supply after cellular communications in the flood regions were partially out of order. Two thirds of the 150 affected stations are now back in operation, said a spokesman for the network operator Telefónica (o2) on Sunday.
“Basic supply” through increased coverage
In most cases the antennas were off because the power supply was interrupted. About 50 stations are still out of service. “Many of the stations that are still down are in places that are not yet accessible again,” said the spokesman. There are four mobile stations in use, ten more are ready.
At Vodafone, a sixth of the mobile radio stations in the German flood disaster areas were still not on the network on Sunday, as a company spokesman reported. In the case of systems in the surrounding areas, the range has been increased in order to enable a “basic supply”. With such a basic supply, the performance is somewhat weaker than usual, but at least it enables connections again in some places.
Repairs not yet feasible
Vodafone also relies on mobile units to plug radio gaps. According to an estimate by the Düsseldorf company, ten percent of customers in the disaster areas are still without reception, i.e. in a dead zone.
At Telekom, there are also dead spots in the flood areas. There are cell phone locations and cables that cannot be accessed for repairs or are not allowed for reasons of danger, said a company spokesman. Numerous locations are now back on the network.