Entre les routes, le réseau téléphonique, l’électricité, ça passe juste-juste cet été en Corse

temperatures burning, drought exceptional and the influx of people means that the island it approaches its limits from mid-July. Are the infrastructures of Corsica still adapted to this model of population concentration? Is it sustainable in the long term? The question is valid.

With all the alerts and all the restrictions that have occurred this summer, we will have, at the beginning of the school year, the impression of having returned to a famous Pido sketch (the one with the indescribable Dédé and Chriber) saying to us, it’s past “fair-fair”.

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First challenge, move.

To say that the island’s roads are not sized to accommodate so many people at the same time is an understatement. From Cap Corse to Bonifacio, traffic jams have become something of a summer way of life. It is not for lack of improving these roads. But two factors accumulate: an elusive delay on the one hand, no alternative to the individual car on the other hand, whether in the city, in a coastal town or inland.

Wait… I’ll call you back

Another of the difficulties of the summer is the telephone.

Interrupted conversations, unreachable correspondents, the fault of saturated networks, especially in very touristy areas. “It is true that the networks have been saturated for a few days in certain areas. This affects the calls themselves more than the 4G, which works much better since the installation of the 5G antennas,” we recognize in Orange. “However, there is a way to remedy this and you should not hesitate to dial 3900”assures the operator.

The number of additional cell phones overloads the networks.  -Florent Selvini

Technical explanation on Corsica GSM. “Since July 15 there has been a regular saturation of the repeater antennas. This is not considered a breakdown or degradation, so it should be reported.” explains Sébastien Masclef, responsible for the technical service. “In Corsica, the Orange antennas also welcome Free. As for SFR and Bouygues, they have joined their antennas”, continues, specifying that Corsica GSM customers can momentarily “switch” from one operator to another in the event of a problem.

Electricity, water, sobriety required.

The other island peculiarity – even more marked at this time of year – is only observed in certain areas but can be disconcerting. In some places on the island, your correspondent is not only unreachable, but the pre-recorded message is that of an Italian operator. “This is because the Italian repeater antennas are much more powerful than those of the French operators”, we confirm in Orange.

Apparently a different regulatory story. The System D solution remains: find a Wi-Fi hotspot, connect to it, and make calls that way.

The exceptional drought that has devastated all of Europe this year has given rise to precautionary measures of sobriety.

But the particularly high temperatures over a fairly long period, combined with an exponential increase in the population, brought another consequence: the EDF alert, which asked everyone to be sober in terms of electricity consumption. In a press release issued a few days ago, EDF asked users to postpone certain consumption (use of washing machines, dishwashers and electric car charging) avoiding peaks from 18 to 23 hours. EDF also recommended common sense measures (air conditioning at 25°C and closing doors and windows in air-conditioned places).

The company also recalled that its 700 agents were mobilized to attend to all emergencies. “We had anticipated this situation which is almost identical to last year. The demand for energy in the networks was quite strong due to the heat wave, but so far we have not had any major problems”said Mario Capai, communication manager at EDF.

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An additional restriction for the operator, the electricity supplied does not come, in summer, from the dams. “Here again we had gotten ahead of ourselves. At the beginning of summer all the reservoirs were full, but at this time of year they are used very little, to reserve the water resource for irrigation and the supply of drinking water”, says Mario Capai.

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