Hurricane Sandy: 25% of cell sites down, more could be on the way – FierceWireless

Wireless networks generally held up well during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, which battered the East Coast Monday night and Tuesday, but wider service disruptions are possible as backup battery power at cell sites is drained in areas with widespread power outages.

Verizon Wireless NYSE:VZ, AT&T Mobility NYSE:T, Sprint Nextel NYSE:S, T-Mobile USA and other carriers were working to asses and repair the damage caused by the powerful storm, which devastated New Jersey and the New York City metropolitan area in particular.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Tuesday afternoon that 25 percent of cell sites in 158 counties in 10 states from Virginia to Massachusetts were not operational. He indicated that service would get worse for those affected before it gets better as backup batteries and generators at cell sites fail.

via Hurricane Sandy: 25% of cell sites down, more could be on the way – FierceWireless.

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