Internet woes tackled in meeting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:18

The City Government convened a meeting with representatives of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) Wednesday at City Hall to discuss the connectivity disruptions in the City and the measures being undertaken to address it.

Mayor Beng Climaco, together with Investments and Promotions Head Apple Go and City Planning and Development Officer Rodrigo Sicat, sat down with executives from PLDT led by Emeraldo Hernandez, Vice President of the Technical Operations Center, to go over PLDT’s interventions and future plans to strengthen and maintain internet connectivity in the City and the region.

Recall in July, Climaco convened a meeting of representatives from telecommunication companies to help address the frequent connectivity disruptions. A task group composed of the LGU, PLDT, Smart, Globe, DPWH, the PNP and the AFP, and other agencies was created by the chief executive to coordinate and collaborate efforts to address glitches and ensure uninterrupted voice and data services in the City.

According to Hernandez, PLDT has already installed a fiber optic core swap with Globe from Ipil and Zamboanga to address immediate connectivity gaps.

Short term and long term goals include the establishment of a resilient transport network looping Zamboanga City, Ipil, Pagadian, Ozamiz, Sindangan,    Dipolog and Oroquieta slated to be completed by the end of the year, and the establishment of the underground fiber optic resiliency between Zamboanga City and Ipil by the second quarter of 2016.

These interventions, in particular the resilient transport networks, will help in maintaining connectivity in cases of interruptions and breaks in the network.

In their report, PLDT noted the frequent commercial power failure and road widening projects nationwide as causes of connectivity interruptions.

Last September, internet slow down affected consumers all over Mindanao. — Jasmine Mohammadsali