Filipino market leader Globe Telecom said on Tuesday that more cell sites in typhoon-ravaged areas mostly have been restored by the company’s technical team, substantially improving mobile connectivity in the Visayas region.
As of 6 am Tuesday, 54% of base stations adversely affected by the super typhoon have already been restored back to operations. In Visayas alone, close to 50% of typhoon-affected base stations have been reactivated.
In Samar and Leyte provinces, a total of 30 cell sites have been restored, providing much-needed telecommunication services in the area. Specifically, 21 cell sites in Samar provinces are now up and running while there are 9 active cell sites in Leyte provinces, not counting the temporary cell site that was put up in Tacloban City.
Provinces with the number of restored 3G-enabled cell sites are as follows: Antique-12; Bohol-68; Capiz-8; Cebu-252; Guimaras-6; Iloilo- 59; Leyte-2; Negros Occidental-117; Negros Oriental- 57; Southern Leyte-8; Western Samar-11.
On the other hand, restoration of 2G-enabled sites in the Visayas region are as follows-Aklan-6; Antique-18; Bohol-76; Capiz-7; Cebu-268; Iloilo-75; Leyte-5; Negros Occidental- 145; Negros Oriental-67; Northern Samar-9; Southern Leyte-22; Western Samar-12.
Restoration of affected sites including those in southern Luzon and Mindanao involved 870 base stations.
Still, the company continues accelerate restoration efforts by transporting various cell site equipment to several provinces in the Visayas region. Such efforts are being undertaken in close coordination with government and military authorities who have been providing logistical support such as use of various military aircraft. Mobilisation of support from the company’s technical partners is also ongoing.