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Old 22 Mar 2019, 10:29 PM   #1
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Timisoara, Romania cut off from internet

A city chief in Romania cut communication cables on Tuesday leaving schools to scramble for internet in the middle of a key exam. Nicolae Robu, mayor of Timisoara, in the west of the country, took the action over a dispute with telecommunications providers. He cut overhead cables in the city centre after operators allegedly ignored requests to move them underground

https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/21/...lecoms-dispute
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Old 25 Mar 2019, 06:37 AM   #2
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The mobile internet infrastructure can sustain the high traffic generated by such outage. There are 4 mobile phone service providers with broadband 4G and very low prices compared to the rest of Europe (Telekom for example offers unlimited traffic for 4G internet at 5 euros / month) so it should be no problem for residents from Timisoara to access the internet.

The ISP's were notified since 2016 to move their infrastructure underground but they ignored to do so.

I think the mobile coverage is better in Romania compared to the rest of Europe. It's hard to find a spot without coverage from at least one cell provider. There are only 3 roads in Romania that have spotty coverage and this is because of the technical difficulties, those roads are deep in the mountains. But also most of the mountain trails are covered. In 2012 there was 600 very small rural communities without coverage and in 2016 only 100. I believe that now everyone has signal at their home from at least one provider.

For example, this is the coverage map from Orange: https://www.orange.ro/acoperire/harta-acoperire-retea/
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Old 19 Sep 2019, 06:16 PM   #3
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A city chief in Romania cut communication cables on Tuesday leaving schools to scramble for internet in the middle of a key exam. Nicolae Robu, mayor of Timisoara, in the west of the country, took the action over a dispute with telecommunications providers. He cut overhead cables in the city centre after operators allegedly ignored requests to move them underground

https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/21/...lecoms-dispute short life
All those overhead cables were supposed to be moved underground in 2012. Only one telecom operator has moved them, as far as I know. The funny thing is in all these years the mayor has not moved a finger against the telecom operators which did not comply with the local ordinance; they have never been fined... This was a spectacular operation - in a city in which the streets are srtrewn with garbage (City Hall hadno contract with garbage collectors for mroe than 4 months), rats roam freely (City Hall hasn't had a conrtact with a pest fighting conrtactor for more than 5 years).... A PR stunt, by all accounts, in a city which will be one of the three European Capitals of Culture in 2021
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