BSNL looking to reconnect flood-damaged region with satellite solution

9 Sep 2014

State-backed incumbent Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is working to restore mobile services in Jammu & Kashmir after the recent flooding in the region, DNA India writes. Telecoms infrastructure in the circle has been badly damaged by the floods, whilst Kashmir Valley and the Poonch district of Jammu have been cut off from the rest of the country. RN Sudhakar, BSNL’s regional head, explained that the telco is looking to restore service using a satellite-based solution similar to that which it had used during the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage earlier this year: ‘We had deployed satellites to give mobile services and connectivity (to pilgrims)… We are flying experts working on satellite-based service from Hyderabad and Bangalore to immediately restore the service as soon as possible.’ Sudhakar went on, adding that BSNL is working with the army, the air force and private operators to restore services.