The cold wave in North India announced itself in Dharamsala with a bitterly cold snow storm in Mid January. Waking up to the sleek white surroundings would usually give the sense of pure tranquillity, which regardless of climate is not usually hard to find in Dharamsala. However it was not long before the impact of the snow had its effect on everyday necessities. Roads were snowed in, electricity down and thus internet barely available across the network.
Throughout the week of the snowstorm the AirJaldi team worked overtime, getting the Dharamsala network back on track. The sheer weight of the snow had disabled cables, they had to be rewired. Naturally water is not good for radio signals, thus towers were climbed and antennas wiped of snow.
With the electricity down, power was desperately needed. The solution was to rent a generator, which was easy enough. Yet harder to find was the kerosene needed to power it and deliver it by foot to our Network Operation Center. It took more sledging through the slushy roads and shimmying up frosted towers but AirJaldi - as ever - took on the challenge and added some wireless salt to this winters snow.