Port Blair, May 22: The BSNL, A&N Telecom Circle in a press release said that the cyclone Amphan has resulted in the poor services of BSNL in the islands.

All major communication links between Port Blair and Kolkata were interrupted due to the damage caused by Super Cyclone AMPHAN on 20th May 2020. Satellite links from Port Blair Telephone Exchange is through ISRM’s satellites. The satellite links at Kolkata are connected through Kulpi Earth Station, explained BSNL through the release.

The Optical Fibre links connected through Kolkata Telephone Exchange via Satellite Earth Station at Kulpi are extensively damaged at several locations along with acute power failures at transmission hums along the route which is around 30 km apart. The Eastern Telecom Region Wing of BSNL at Kolkata has begun the restoration work from early morning of 21st May 2020. As the roads are having several hindrances due to blockages caused by debris thrown by cyclone, hence the restoration takes time.

However local calls to and from landline as well as to and from mobile are working, though mobile data will be available intermittently based on the link up/down’s. the inconvenience caused is regretted, said the BSNL Press Release.