Philippine telecommunication companies, Globe and Smart, have partially restored services and are offering free services to help citizens after typhoon Yolanda hit Visayas Friday morning.
According to Smart,
“About 15% of our cellular coverage in the three regions of Central Philippines was affected by the super typhoon, most of these in Eastern Samar and Leyte which bore the brunt of the storm’s fury,” said Rolando G. Pena, head of technology services for PLDT and Smart.
Less than 1% percent of the Smart network in Mindanao was affected, mostly in Surigao del Norte while less than 10% of their network in South Luzon was affected, mostly in Masbate, Romblon.
According to Globe,
As of 12nn Saturday, damage assessment revealed that about 53% of the Globe network in the Visayas region have been adversely affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
Service areas affected include those in Aklan, Antique, Biliran, Bohol, Capiz, Eastern Samar, Guimaras, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Northern Samar, Siquijor, Southern Leyte and Western Samar.
Globe and Smart said that they have started restoration work of facilities affected by Yolanda. The companies said that the “full normalization of service” will depend on the restoration of commercial power as Yolanda also toppled electricity lines.
The telcos are also setting up Libreng Tawag Stations and Libreng Charging Stations. The facilities are being powered by heavy-duty generator sets which can easily accommodate the charging of mobile phones.