Cellular networks back in typhoon-hit areas

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

MANILA -- Cellular networks have restored their communication services in cities and municipalities hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

In a report submitted to the National Telecommunications Commission, Smart Communications, Inc. and Sun Cellular said they have re-established their services in 100 percent of all typhoon-ravaged areas in Visayas as of December 8, Sunday.

The areas include: Aklan, Antique, Biliran, Bohol, Capiz, Cebu, Eastern Samar, Guimaras, Iloilo, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte and Western Samar.

Roland G. Pena, Smart Technology Group head, thanked government agencies for assisting them in repairing their facilities.

“We also wish to recognize the extraordinary efforts exerted by our field personnel, particularly our network engineers, to accomplish their mission under very difficult conditions,” he added.

Globe Telecom, on the other hand, said its mobile coverage in Visayas is already at 90 percent of its restoration.

In its official website, the company said Globe network services have been restored in: Abuyog, Mahaplag, Julita, MacArthur and Suhi in Leyte; Culaba in Biliran; San Isidro and Biri in Northern Samar; Balete, Batan, Cuartero and Dumalag in Aklan; Biri and Las Navas in Northern Samar; Cabiga and Tagapul-an in Western Samar; Dolores in Eastern Samar; Jamindan in Capiz; and Odlot in North Cebu. (Sunnex)

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