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The telecommunication provider Globe reports that they continue working on restoration of communication services. Two hard hit areas Iloilo and Roxas City are now again working. According to their latest damage assessment about 53% of the Globe network in the Visayas region was adversely affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
Globe reports that 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.The disruption in the Visayas region is mostly due to multiple transmission link failures and prolonged commercial power outages.
Voice, text and data services from Globe are available in large parts of the following areas: Antique — 45%, Bohol — 64%, Cebu — 60%, Guimaras-88%, Iloilo-64%, Negro Occidental-70%, Negros Oriental-87%, Northern Samar-8%, Southern Leyte-28%, Siquijor-100% and Western Samar-2%.
The telecommunication provider Smart reports that they have also commenced restoration work of facilities affected. They report that about 15% of their cellular coverage in the three regions of Central Philippines was affected by the typhoon, most of these in Eastern Samar and Leyte.Less than one 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.
Services are up and running in Southern Leyte, Kalibo and Boracay in Aklan province. So is Ormoc City and they are moving on to the surrounding municipalities from there.
Power interruptions continue to remain being the biggest obstacle for restoring communication services.