The snow disaster in southern and eastern China provinces has caused losses
of 1.1 billion yuan (about 152.8 million U.S. dollars) to the telecommunications
industry, according to statistics released Saturday by the Ministry of
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By 6:00 pm on Friday, there were still some 10 million mobile and fixedline
phone subscribers disrupted by the disaster, a decrease of more than four
million compared with three days ago, the Ministry said.
It said that the industry has put in 580 million yuan to repair damaged
At present 24,000 base stations for mobile phone service are being affected by
power blackout, of which 14,000 are making shift with diesel generators, while
the remaining 10,000 are not in service. As about fixedline facilities, 150,000
poles have collapsed and 16,000 kilometers of lines damaged.
The industry has dispatched 800,000 person times of emergency teams to repair
damaged facilities, it said.
The Ministry said that the overall situation is improving as power supply and
material transport gradually resumed, the number of affected base stations is
expected to drop steadily
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