The energy crisis in Europe could cause blackouts and disruption to mobile service this winter. Telecom companies say that the energy shortage will push their networks to the brink.
That is because telecom networks need power to run and power comes from either gas or nuclear and Europe is not equipped with either. They have voluntarily sanctioned gas from Russia and in France, nuclear plants are set to shut down for ill-timed maintenance.
In Africa, officials are warning that the power crisis could turn off ATMs and gas stations!
According to Reuters, “Europe has nearly half a million telecom towers and most of them have battery backups that last around 30 minutes to run the mobile antennas.” Yikes!
Officials say that they would instate blackouts in parts of each country first and prioritize emergency services such as hospitals and police.
Given that this newsletter is written in Europe, if you don’t hear from us for a while, you’ll know why!