Indus Towers in the flood-hit state has 6,650 towers over 18,500 tenancies which employ 1,742 people directly or indirectly
Telecom infrastructure firm Indus Towers has managed to restore all its affected mobile towers in flood-hit Kerala. More than 2,500 telecom towers of Indus in flood-hit areas of Kerala were operated on diesel generator support due to the power outage. The company told that it had arranged for more than 3 lakh litres of additional diesel with the help of government agencies.
Indus Towers has a presence in 15 telecom circles
Aruna Sundararajan, Telecom Secretary mentioned that mobile connectivity is central to all rescue operations and in maintaining the flow of information in critical periods of time. Moreover, Indus towers restored the connectivity in Kerala in a record time during the flood. Indus has a presence in 15 telecom circles of India and has over 1,23,639 towers. It is said to be the largest telecom tower company in the world, outside China.
Tilak Raj Dua, Director General, Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) commented that Kerala currently has only 16,300 telecom towers. It requires 16,000 more towers to address the growing data demands and to be better equipped for addressing natural disasters in the future.
Dua also mentioned that at the time of calamity and any other exigency, telecommunication services is the only medium to connect with authorities and loved ones. Hence, after such a horrifying calamity, it is uttermost important to develop a robust telecom infrastructure.
A total of 12 of the 14 districts were affected by the floods of which Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts were the worst-affected.