Winter is not good for operators. These are the problems they have to face

During the past week, the weather gave us a rich snow cover in several parts of Slovakia. For some, it’s a sign to wax their skis and prepare for the snowy slopes, but the technicians who take care of the antennas and transmitters of the mobile operators have their hands full with the snow. The information was brought by the Regulatory Office through a press release.

What problems does winter weather pose for operators?

With signal outages on phones, Wi-Fi routers or televisions we can most often meet during a strong storm. Often, in this case, the reason for the disruption of the connection is electrical shocks caused by a storm. Sometimes, however, you don’t even need bad weather to cause an outage. Technicians who supervise the functionality of receivers and transmitters have already recorded several cases where damage to the antenna was caused by wild animals.

During the winter months, technicians must be prepared for extreme conditions associated with snow and ice. Some transmitters are located in mountains and hard-to-reach areas. One of them is, for example, a node of the operator’s radio network alternatorwhich is located at Kojšovská holi (1246 m.n.m.) in the Košice district.

Meteorological station – Kojšovská hoľa | Source: Regulatory Office

The director of the transmitter operation herself described the climb to the top as very difficult. The combination of snow and relatively warm weather can create a thick layer of ice on the antennas. According to the report, the technicians’ favorite tool for removing ice is a regular hockey stick. In case of emergency, the technicians will also bring additional batteries on the sled to cover power outages.

The operator also has extensive experience with icing PROFI-NETwhich also operates transmitters on Lomnický štít a Chopok. Extreme conditions at high altitudes cause even more damage to antennas and cameras.

Transmitters on Chopok
Transmitters in Chopok | Source: Regulatory Office

Due to bad weather, it is necessary to regularly replace damaged parts. In intense freezing rain, it can accumulate on the transmitter in an hour or so 300 kg ice. The last recorded record is ice that formed on the transmitter during the night and weighed incredible 450 kg.

Operator BBXNET from the Banská Bystrica Region also has an interesting experience with cold weather. Similarly, like bears, other animal species instinctively hide from the cold. After checking one of the transmitters, the technicians discovered an error in the signals, which worsened its quality.

Frozen Transmitter - Weather
Frozen transmitter | Source: Regulatory Office

After replacing the parts and disassembling the damaged transmitter, they found a large number of flies hiding from the winter in the device. They allegedly got into the antenna through a small opening to remove excess moisture. Transmitter operators sometimes encounter such bizarre situations as well.

The operator also encountered similar damage from wild animals DataNetworks. After the introduction of services in one of the new panel buildings, customers complained about constant signal drops and poor quality connections. Since the new building stood next to the field, they enjoyed the cables this time rodents. After a complete analysis, the technicians found that the rodents had been driven into hiding by the cold weather.

Frozen antenna
Frozen antenna | Source: Regulatory Office

As a result, they bit through the insulated surface of the apartment building. Finally they got to the fiber optic cables. Although they were under tension, even that did not deter the animal “attackers”. The discovery was immediately followed by the replacement of the entire switchboard and extermination of the room.

The reasons for the outage of the Internet and other operator services can sometimes be really bizarre. Therefore, in case of persistent problems, we definitely recommend contacting your operator.

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