Municipalities owing Eskom disrupt Vodacom network

Defaulting municipalities that owe Eskom billions, coupled with poor electricity distribution infrastructure, are beginning to affect mobile network operations across the country, a senior Vodacom executive says.
Eskom is owed more than R20 billion by defaulting municipalities. The problem has now reached dangerous proportions and is affecting mobile network communications in some areas.
 
The country’s leading mobile network believes beyond Eskom power cuts, poor electricity distribution infrastructure and debts are affecting smooth operations of providing communications to some areas.
Vodacom Group chief technology officer Andries Delport says: “It’s not just load-shedding; we sometimes find municipalities don’t pay their bills and when Eskom disconnects them, we are on the receiving end of that. In some areas, electricity distribution infrastructure isn’t properly maintained and we end up with downtime on the network because of poor distribution infrastructure.”

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