I got a call from Caloy Conde this afternoon wanting to get my feedback about the recent connectivity issues across all networks due to the earthquake that shook Taiwan earlier. He was gonna write it for the New York Times and wanted to get “on-the-field” reports about how the connectivity issues have affected businesses and individuals who are dependent on the internet on a day to day basis.
Frankly, before that, I didn’t even know that the earthquake did manage to reach the Philippines “electronically”, i.e. affecting voice and data communications and though I have been experiencing spotty internet connections since the other day, it was only this afternoon that everything was unbearable. The phone lines were ok though text messages tend to get a bit delayed already.
At the moment, internet connection is spotty from both PLDT DSL, Smart Wifi and Smart 3G/GPRS. Others have texted me as well about it and shared the same observations. IMs are also up and down so chatting is out of the question.
From information I gathered from feedback by other people, looks like PLDT was hit the hardest while Bayantel is already back to normal.