Beng brings up Zambo ‘net’ woes to PLDT’s Pangilinan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 July 2015 12:00

Mayor Beng Climaco has brought to the attention of Manny Pangilinan, the chief executive officer of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, about Zamboanga City’s concerns related to telecommunication service interruptions.

This, as Zamboanga City on Wednesday suffered anew almost 10 hours interruption in PLDT’s voice and data services affecting a huge population in the city who rely on telecommunication services for their daily transactions.

In a text message to the mayor, Pangilinan said the service interruption in the city the whole day Wednesday was caused by fiber optic cut.

“Most likely accidental by the DPWH or private contractors digging the road to/from Zamboanga City,” Pangilinan’s text message said adding that the PLDT in Zamboanga will soon “install Vsat as redundancy.”

Mayor Climaco said the series of service interruptions experienced by the city affects businesses, office and school transactions. It is the thrust of the present administration to develop the city as a site for information and communications technology, to adapt to global developments, and uplift the local economy for the good of its constituents.

VSAT stands for Very Small-Aperture Terminal, a two-way satellite ground station or a stabilized maritime VSAT antenna with a dish antenna that can prevent network outages in case of an equipment failure.

Last month, PLDT also reasoned out fiber break caused by excavations by contractors working on a Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) road improvement project as the cause of the series of telecommunication service interruption.

The fiber break that happened in the Ipil relay towards Zamboanga City last month interrupted PLDT’s voice and data services in Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga City. Another interruption also affected Zamboanga City last month from another fiber cut between Ipil and Pagadian.

PLDT’s fiber optic cables are laid underground and are particularly vulnerable to excavations, construction work, and diggings. — Sheila Covarrubias