Experts believe that the expected power cuts may temporarily shut down entire cellular networks in Europe. Do Poles also have reasons to be concerned?
The war in Ukraine and the suspension of raw material supplies from Russia have put Europe on the brink of an energy crisis. High bills are not the end of the expected problems. There are concerns that the power plants will simply not be able to meet the electricity demand, which could result in supply disruptions.
Wirtualna Polska informsthat operators from France, Germany and Sweden are talking to the authorities to develop a model of action in the event of energy problems. It is at stake, among others cut-off from power to all facilities except critical infrastructure, potentially including telecommunications.
What about in Poland? Do we have to worry that in the event of an overload on the energy networks, we will be completely cut off from the world? I asked Polish operators about it.
Orange: “We have emergency procedures”
The first one to write back to me was Wojciech Jabczyński, Orange’s spokesman. I have received an assurance that the entire operator’s infrastructure is based on emergency power, which is able to work for several or even several hours after the power supply is turned off.
We have emergency procedures in the event of such a situation, verified within the framework of our Business Continuity Management System certificate – ISO 22301. Thanks to the batteries supporting the power supply of base stations, they can still operate for several or even several hours after disconnecting the power. If the territorial scope of the shutdown is relatively small, it is possible to extend this time thanks to power generators. The devices included in our core network, on the other hand, are equipped with an emergency power supply (backup batteries and aggregates, and often also independent power lines), which means that the operation of the network core should not be disturbed by power outages.
The same is the case with fixed-line telephony and the Internet. Jabczyński points out, however, that in this case the power supply to end devices may be the bottleneck. Nothing after the infrastructure will run on batteries and aggregates if the electricity does not flow to the router at the user’s home.
Play: “Providing citizens with uninterrupted access and security of telecommunications services is our priority”
Krzysztof Sylwerski from the Play network also assured me about security in the event of power cuts.
The priority of P4 (Play network operator) is to provide citizens with uninterrupted access and security of telecommunications services. To this end, the operator has secured its energy needs with appropriate contracts with energy suppliers, and in the event of any energy shortages, it is technically prepared to apply appropriate temporary power supply solutions. On the other hand, ensuring the continuity of electricity supplies at the national level is a necessary condition for the functioning of telecommunications networks, indispensable for the daily functioning of citizens, as well as for administration, education and economy.
Senior PR Specialist at Play
PIIT: “There is no base station in Poland that would not be able to operate without electricity for at least a few hours”
Plus in answer to my question he referred me to article prepared by the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications, of which – like other operators – it is a member.
On the PIIT website we read:
It seems that although the currently built base stations theoretically do not need to have an emergency power supply, they all … have it. Common practice is that all telecommunications masts in Poland are secured in the event of a power failure. Usually it is battery powered, sometimes they are also power generators. In fact, there is no base station in Poland that would not be able to operate without electricity for at least a few hours.
Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications
It is worth noting, however, that operators did not start thinking about emergency power only in the light of the events of the last few months. Telecommunications infrastructure plays such an important role in society that security procedures have existed since the last millennium. However, this does not mean that no additional precautionary measures have been taken recently.
PIIT recalls that shortly after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, one of the operators ordered an additional 80,000. fuel, which in an emergency may allow the units to run longer.
Until the publication of the article, my inquiry was not answered by the T-Mobile network. When we receive the operator position, the article will be updated.
Miron Nurski, editor-in-chief of Komórkomania
Source: Komórkomania.pl – aktualności ze świata smartfonów i tabletów by komorkomania.pl.
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