PLDT denies 'weak signal' crippled elections


Posted at May 16 2013 03:19 PM | Updated as of May 16 2013 11:19 PM

MANILA -- Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) on Thursday stressed there were no problems with its network during the elections earlier this week, allowing a smooth transmission of data from regional offices to main servers in Manila.

"With respect to press reports that 'weak signals' had caused delays in the transmission of election returns, we wish to state that the fixed and mobile networks of PLDT, Smart and Sun Cellular were fully functional throughout the electoral exercise," PLDT said in a statement.

"Transmissions actually sent through our networks were promptly delivered to the COMELEC (Commission on Elections) and PPCRV (Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting) servers in Manila," the telco giant added.

PLDT went on to cite Comelec Commissioner Sixto Brillantes, Jr. who said on Wednesday "weak signals" in some provinces were not the major reason for the delay in data transmission. Brillantes said the main problems were disputed and incomplete results.

"It is worth pointing out that in the May 2010 elections, nearly 80% of the election results were successfully transmitted to the central data servers of the COMELEC and the PPCRV 12 hours after the polling precincts were closed," PLDT recounted.

"From a purely telecoms standpoint, there is no reason why a similar, if not better, result should have been achieved in 2013," it continued.