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Wireless Providers Back In Business After Power Restored in NYC

Cell services have been restored after commercial power companies started to provide electricity to millions of homes and establishments in the areas ravaged by superstorm Sandy last week.

Con Edison, the larger power provider in New York, has already started restoring electric supply to a large part of the Big Apple after successfully repairing some of the facilities damaged at the height of hurricane Sandy.

According to the latest report by the power company, electricity has been restored to roughly 650,000 customers or 70 percent of homes and buildings that lost power supply since hurricane Sandy made its landfall on the Eastern seaboard of the United States.

Major mobile carries are now back in operation in the New York City Area with AT&T reporting 96.5 percent of its cell sites are running again.

“We expect to make continued good progress as power and other infrastructure issues are resolved,” said AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel.

T-Mobile, the fourth largest network provider in the United States, has already deployed temporary cell sites on top of the company’s major switching facility in Tribeca in anticipation of the storm.

In addition, the company also sent response engineering teams in the area to quickly repair damages and re-activate the cell sites once power is restored.

“The size, scope, and impact of hurricane Sandy are unprecedented in the U.S. in terms of geographic area, location, and population density,” the company said in a statement, according to Sunday. “Ahead of the storm, T-Mobile’s rapid response engineering teams staged equipment in and nearby the areas most severely impacted by storm, such as lower Manhattan, Staten Island, Long Island, and coastal and Northern New Jersey, and we are continuing to work around the clock to restore service.”

Sprint reported it already restored 80 percent of its network in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut while Verizon announced that it may take few days before their wired infrastructures will be fully restored in those said areas.


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