Lightning Strike Knocks Out Phone Services in Northern Bahamas
Published on: 9th Dec 2012
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Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) says that its engineers worked through the night to restore mobile service to the Northern Bahamas after a massive lightning strike impacted a key network transponder in the evening.
Full service was successfully restored by early morning except for one cell-site in the Western side of Grand Bahama; this is likely to be back on line by the end of the day.
Jerome Sawyer, BTC's Senior Manager, Public Relations, explained what happened. "In the midst of what appeared to be an electrical storm over parts of Grand Bahama last night, massive and frequent lightening strikes knocked out a key network transponder which supports the mobile network for the Northern Bahamas. Engineers worked diligently throughout the night and restored mobile service just prior to 8:00 AM."
"Obviously this act of God was beyond our control but we want our customers to know that our 24/7 technicians are highly trained and motivated to restore service as quickly as possible during these unfortunate outages." he added.