Rebuilding a network at an accelerated pace is really challenging, said Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Delivery, Network Technical Group in the company’ 4th Quarter 2021 financial briefing today.
But despite the challenges, Agustin said they will complete the restoration of telco services in areas devastated by Typhoon Odette by the end of this month.
“Our onground team has been tirelessly working to restore all services and as of January 18, network restoration was at 82percent for the Visayas, including the Province of Cebu,” Agustin said.
Globe President and CEO Ernest L. Cu, however, said network restoration “is not solely dependent on the telcos.”
“A large part of the extended outages are due to commercial power not yet being restored. And second also for broadband, a lot of telcos and broadband providers like ourselves depend on the poles of the local cooperatives and if they don’t erect the poles, we won’t be able to relayout the fiber that we needed to connect the people’s homes,” Cu said.
Laying it on the ground, on the other hand, “is a very dangerous proposition.” Cu said what often happens is that road clearing works result in fiber cuts.
Max Limpag is a journalist, blogger, and developer based in Cebu. He started as a reporter covering City Hall in 1996. He has written on technology for various print and digital publications since 1999 and twice won the Philippine Blog Awards for technology and sports. He co-founded the new media start-up InnoPub Media.