The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has written to chief secretaries of all states, asking them to allow movement of field staff of telecom companies and infrastructure providers, and give other permissions to ensure uninterrupted operation of critical communications networks amid coronavirus outbreak.

Moreover, DoT has urged that all critical telecom infrastructure should be permitted to be manned by the staff of telecom service providers/telecom infrastructure providers.

Further, the DoT has also said that movement of vehicles carrying diesel for the DG sets at critical telecom infrastructure should be allowed, and that sufficient diesel availability should be ensured.

It has also sought states’ cooperation for ensuring availability of power supply to critical telecom infrastructure.

Critical telecom infrastructure includes telephone exchanges, mobile switching centres, network operation centres, transmission centres, data centres, telecom tower sites, call centres of telecom service providers and warehouses where maintenance spares of telecom service providers are stored.