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Power cuts disrupt mobile networks

Mobile giants Vodacom and MTN are taking strain as power cuts hit cell towers causing network disruptions.
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JOHANNESBURG - Mobile giants Vodacom and MTN are taking strain as power cuts hit cell towers causing network disruptions.

Both operators have about 70 million customers between them.

Vodacom says protracted power outages prevent batteries from fully recharging.

It says there may only be intermittent service in certain areas.

Vodacom spent more than R2 billion rand on batteries over the last two years.

MTN says it's deployed over 2,000 generators to counter the impact of higher stages of power cuts.

The mobile operator says the efficacy of batteries greatly reduces once the country passes Stage 4.

 

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