PORTUGAL – A working group set up by Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Anacom) has identified 27 measures to protect telecommunications networks better in the event of forest fires. The implementation of these measures is expected to reduce the impact of fires on telecommunications infrastructure, Anacom said.
Following the forest fires in June and October 2017, the affected populations were, as a consequence of the damage and destruction caused, deprived of service for several months. The proposed measures result from the collaboration of all the major actors in the sector, including Altice/Meo, Anacom, National Civil Protection Authority, Apritel, Directorate General of Energy and Geology , DSTelecom, EDP Distribuicao, Fibroglobal, Infraestruturas de Portugal, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, Nos, Nowo/Oni and Vodafone, among others.
Some of the measures include the use of wireless frequencies as an alternative to cable, the use of satellite links in high-risk areas of forest fire, and the construction of infrastructure suitable for the accommodation of electronic communications cables underground.