Telecom operators lack ‘resilience measure’ for internet connectivity in Mindanao – ICT expert

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Linemen carry out repair work amid chaos of power and telecommunications cables in downtown Davao, Wednesday, September 1, 2021. MindaNews file photo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / December 20) – The recent internet blackout after Typhoon “Odette” (international name: Rai) ravaged parts of Visayas and Mindanao revealed that telecommunications companies (telcos) lacked of resilience measures to prevent disruption of internet connectivity in the south, said an official at Information Communications Technology (ICT) -Davao.

Atty. Samuel Matunog, president of ICT Davao, said in a text Sunday that the recent Internet disruption on the island was by far the “most disruptive and costly for the island’s economy.”

While the immediate cause was the typhoon, he noted that it only showed that the telephone companies are not ready to guarantee that communication lines and internet access would not be interrupted after an assault on a devastating typhoon.

“While the immediate cause may be Typhoon Odette, the most fundamental cause may have been the inadequacy of resilience measures employed by (telecommunications) companies to ensure that Mindanao will not and never be denied access. to the Internet, “he said.

Alfredo Baloran, head of the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Board, told Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) on Monday that lines of communication were cut, but responders here were able to use plans emergency to monitor rivers.

He added that they were proposing the purchase of satellite phones next year to increase the city’s disaster response capabilities to prepare for typhoons similar in intensity to Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 3, 2013. .

He said that by using the satellite gadgets, the lines of communication for responders will not be interrupted even after severe typhoons strike.

After Typhoon Odette hit the Visayas and Mindanao, the main telecommunications operators Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, DITO Telecommunity and Globe Telecom announced that Internet services were interrupted due to several fiber optic cable cuts. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

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