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The decline in Russian gas deliveries to the EU countries following sanctions related to the conflict in Ukraine makes Europe run the risk of energy rationing and power cuts this winter, which could Use certain services such as emergency numbers and telecommunications networks.

Some of the main European leaders in the telecommunications sector, including Orange Director General, have recently expressed their concerns about it.

European associations of telecommunications network operators (ETNO) and emergency numbers (EENA) a joint letter is sent to push the European executive to take measures.

Etno represents the old telephone monopolies such as the German Deutsche Telekom, the Spanish Telefonica and Telecom Italia, while the Eena represents more than 1,500 emergency numbers in 80 countries.

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"" If telecommunications networks were to be the subject of planned cuts, citizens could not have access to communication services during the duration of the cut, including emergency communications, "said the letter, signed by The leaders of the two associations.

priority sectors for the moment, in the event of rationing of the current during the winter, certain essential services such as hospitals, police and food production sites are priority.

Most emergency call centers (PSAP) are already designated as critical infrastructure, says the letter, which means that all appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that they are not affected by cuts .

But emergency call numbers and telecommunications operators are concerned about the fact that telecommunications infrastructure, the operation of which depends on connection to the electrical network, are not designated as criticism in certain countries.

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"We are concerned about the fact that telecommunications networks may not have been placed on the lists of priority sectors", according to the letter, which calls on the European Commission to work with the States to guarantee the maintenance of the 'Energy supply of networks in the event of rationing.

Eena also expressed its concerns in a statement published on its website, after Reuters reported in September that sector officials feared that smartphones users can unexpectedly lose any mobile phone signal.

The letter, sent to Ditte Juul Jorgensen, Director General of the Energy Department of the European Commission, and to her counterpart in the communication networks department, Roberto Viola, also stresses that the rescue supply systems are expensive and fragile.

According to sources in the telecommunications sector, emergency food systems are currently insufficient in many European countries to deal with generalized cuts.

The Commission did not immediately respond to a comment request.

(report Elvira Pollina in Milan, Superha Mukherjee in Stockholm and Mathieu Rosemain in Paris; French version Diana Mandiá, edited by Kate Entringer)

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