Nepal Network Upgrades Switching Centers to Survive Earthquakes
Published on: 7th Apr 2014
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Nepal's Ncell has announced that it is looking to improve its network's reliance to earthquakes. The country lies in an area prone to the earth tremors.
Ncell said that two earthquake resilient switching centres -- one each in Pokhara and Hetauda -- are already in operation as a part of disaster preparedness.
Ncell spokesperson, Milan Sharma told the Himalayan Times that the new switching centres would ensure availability of telecom service even if switching centres in Kathmandu and Biratnagar stopped working due to natural disasters like earthquake.
The two existing switching centers are also due to be upgraded.
Sharma said that their switching centre in Pokhara has back-up power supply of diesel generator and battery for emergency.
The government is also working on regulations to require the base station towers to be more resistant to earthquakes.
On the web: Himalayan Times