AT&T to replace batteries after explosions, fires!


NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday it will replace 17,000 batteries mostly used to back up power supply for its U-verse television network after two fires and two explosions in a little over a year. The company said no one was injured by the incidents and the replacement of the batteries housed in outdoor telecommunications equipment cabinets would not change its spending plans for 2008.
AT&T decided to replace the batteries after the last incident, which occurred in December 2007, he said. “Typically in this situation … where we have four incidences we would do work with the vendor to diagnose the problem,” Coe said. “We can’t do that in this situation because the company is out of business, which is why we made a decision to replace all these batteries.” Coe said AT&T stopped installing lithium-metal-polymer batteries from Avestor in the first quarter of 2007. AT&T continued to use the batteries after the first incident as a third-party investigator said the risk of hazardous failure was as low, if not lower, than for similar batteries used by municipalities and other telephone companies, Coe said.

Courtesy: Reuters

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