to an outage in the internet and mobile network

The winter season promises to be particularly difficult. Faced with the economic and geopolitical situation, the energy sector risks being strongly affected. This is not without consequences for the telecommunications operators directly connected to this sector.

A force majeure event such as the Russian-Ukrainian conflict automatically creates a supply and demand shock for electricity and other energies. Mobile operators fear that they will be directly affected by this crisis, to the point of experiencing prolonged outages.

Operators sound the alarm

potential lack of energy to come this winter risks disrupting the functioning of the telecommunications infrastructure. Indeed, without electricity, it is simply impossible to operate the mobile relays installed throughout the territory. Operators do not hesitate to express their concern about the seriousness of the situation and the risk of internet disruption.

One of the most important problems remains that the electrical network risks experiencing high voltage during the winter. This season it is it consumes my energy, especially due to heating and transport needs. of peak consumption are expected throughout the country. The government is considering all options to achieve this objective: to spend the winter limiting as much as possible any cuts (internet or energy). Consequently, the executive is considering setting up one targeted load reduction procedure to facilitate the power grid.

This measure is not at all pleasing to operators who would then see their fixed and mobile networks partially disrupted. Liza Bellulo, Secretary General of Bouygues Telecom and President of the French Telecom Federation recently said:Without electricity, mobile relays no longer work, yet 95% of emergency communications go through these networks“.

Also, disruption of the internet network and network antennas would be a big problem for the operators. The process of restarting a completely cut antenna is particularly complex. This problem can delay the return to service of equipment, but also prolong the interruption of the Internet.

To avoid this, Liza Bellulo says that the telecommunications sector “is ready to take new voluntary measures for energy prudence, but without compromising its activities“. However, reducing the workload should not affect the health care sector. Therefore, the medical professions can rest easy.

The consequences of this energy crisis

The energy and technological situation suggests inevitable consequences for French citizens. It is important to specify that internet or power outages affect businesses first. They have significant needs in these two areas and are among the largest consumers.

Such a lack prompts leaders to anticipate a potential crisis to avert catastrophe. Then it is necessary to think about reducing its energy consumption in one way or another. The government wants to encourage companies to generalize remote work. This organization makes it possible to limit transport as much as possible and for companies to save energy. Consequently, this provision may make it possible to avoid the use of load shedding.

Power outages and possible internet shutdowns can also have direct consequences for households. The government is already considering encouraging families to join collective efforts. The idea remains for himtake simple steps to save as much electricity as possible. Elizabeth Borne recently said:With regard to electricity, every year we prepare to face the peak of consumption that can lead to a reduction in the rotating load, ie. we cut, for a short period of less than two hours, piece by piece.“.

For example, the government strongly recommends disconnecting Wi-Fi at home, especially when no one is using it. This measure approved by all the French would help to avoid load shedding. Therefore, families must prepare for an unprecedented situation. The power shortage will encourage households to review their energy spending, but also to move to a reliable Internet service provider able to get through the winter.

Finally, operators are of course directly affected by this crisis. Like a domino effect, Internet service providers are seeing the energy crisis hit their operations hard. As previously mentioned, the threat of load shedding presents a problem in particular from a technological point of view for array antennas.

Depending on the progress of fiber optic deployment, some operators may more or less overcome these difficulties and provide Internet access to equipped households. In fact, the network fiber optic is more energy efficient thanks to copper-free installations. Therefore, fiber optics can be the solution for Internet service providers. An intensification of work on the installation of optical fiber is therefore expected in the coming months to anticipate power shortages.

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