Electrical failure shut down Cuba’s mobile phones

Electrical failure shut down Cuba's mobile phonesHAVANA, July 3 (EFE) An electrical failure caused the fire in a telecommunications facility in the center of Cuba that a week ago temporarily left more than 1.5 million mobile phones uncovered, according to the results of the investigation released on Monday.

The Ministry of the Interior of the Island explained in the note that a problem in the connections that fed an air conditioning console caused an increase in temperature until the insulating plastic ignited, as well as the spread of the flames through other materials of easy combustion around him.

In the accident site, there had been a breach of a regulation on electrical installations and the general protection requirements established to prevent fires in connection with the coupling of electrical conductors, the official report said, citing in this case the fire brigade.

The fire caused damage to infrastructures and temporarily affected 29% of the service of cell phone customers throughout the country. The affected clients were located in the central provinces of Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus and Cienfuegos and Pinar del Río.

The Cuban state telecommunications company, Etecsa, indicated in its final part after the event that 80% of the affected customers have already recovered the service, while 62% of the transmission and reception stations needed to cover the mobile telephony functioned.

The firefighters recalled that since 2016 in the telephone center located in Santa Clara, the head town of the province of Villa Clara, six fire protection inspections had been carried out, the last of which was last March, which led to investment problems and others of an organizational nature.

He also noted that for this fact has been filed a complaint for the crime of “damage” and warned that it works with the Prosecutor to define those responsible, who will have to face criminal proceedings.

Etecsa indicated in its last part after the event that 80% of the affected customers have already recovered the service, while 62% of the transmission and reception stations were operating

In Cuba there are currently 5.2 million active mobile lines, a figure that has evolved increasingly in recent years, from the 43,000 that existed in 2003 to the 4.6 million enabled until 2017.