ISLAMABAD: According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the number of impacted mobile sites nationwide has fallen to 568, or barely 1.1% of all sites, and telecom services have mostly been restored in flood-stricken regions.
In addition, 80 more sites have been restored in the last 24 hours, and efforts are being made to fully restore services in other locations, according to a statement from the telecom regulator.
According to the statement, “joint efforts are being conducted with various civil and military authorities” to reach the majority of the installations that are now inoperable because of flooding are inaccessible or submerged.
80 more sites made functional in 24 hours
The nation’s communications infrastructure has been severely damaged by floods and heavy storms.
On August 28, the PTA reported that 3,386 sites, or 6.6 percent of all sites, were impacted.
The regulator said over 850 teams were working around the clock to provide uninterrupted telecom services to consumers. Besides, “mobile operators continue to provide daily free on-net minutes to consumers with zero balance in flood-affected areas as public service”, it said.