The Telecommunications sub-sector may sustain destruction of its physical assets–which may include buildings and equipment as well as telephone lines and switchboards–as well as changes in its production flows, which may involve both decline in sales through interruption or slowdown in transmissions and/or increases in the costs of operation and production. These telecommunications services may be owned and operated by private enterprises, in many cases part of transnational companies, and/or by government agencies.
This chapter describes the procedure to assess the effects of a disaster on the Telecommunications sector, following the traditional methodology originally developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC), further developed by the World Bank´s Global Facility for Disaster Recovery and Reduction (GFDRR), and now expanded and adopted by the PDNA. Application of the methodology enables the assessment of disasters’ economic and social impact on the Telecommunications sector, and the estimation of post-disaster needs for recovery and reconstruction.
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