Carriers tell the FCC, the Wireless Resiliency Cooperative Framework facilitated industry efforts to maintain networks and restore service after recent hurricanes. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he would look into how the agreement is working after initially being disappointed with the pace of network restoration efforts in Florida following Hurricane Michael.
The framework is an industry-led,
voluntary initiative, in which carriers cooperate to restore networks
during and after emergencies. Responses to
the inquiry from the Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau were
due to docket 11-60 Monday. Though portions were redacted, Inside Towers was able to glean the main points of the carriers’ responses.
Addressing network restoration speed
directly, T-Mobile says in many cases, network outages were due to the
limited availability of commercial power and/or failures in third-party
backhaul networks, rather than the failure of the wireless networks.
T-Mobile says the framework has been “extremely successful” because of
its flexibility that allows carriers to dynamically allocate resources.
T-Mobile believes a similar arrangement among backhaul providers would
improve wireless network resiliency as well. Continue Reading