More than 2,500 telecom towers of Indus in flood-hit areas operated on diesel generator support due to power outage.
The company said it arranged for more than 3 lakh litres of additional diesel with the help of government agencies.
A total of 12 of the 14 districts were affected by the floods of which Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts were the worst-affected.
"Mobile connectivity is central to all rescue operations and in maintaining flow of information in critical periods of time and the need to stay connected during a natural calamity like this cannot be overstated," Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said.
Tilak Raj Dua, Director General, Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) said Kerala currently has only 16,300 telecom towers and requires additional 16,000 towers to address the growing data demands and to be better equipped for addressing natural disasters in future.
"At the time of calamity and any other exigency, telecommunication services is the only medium to connect with authorities and loved ones. Hence, after such a horrifying calamity, it is uttermost important to develop a robust telecom infrastructure," Dua said.
Indus Towers in the state has 6,650 towers, over 18,500 tenancies and employs 1,742 people (directly and indirectly).
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