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PLDT: No signal woes, network traffic during elections


MANILA, Philippines - One of the largest telecommunications company in the country dismissed Commission on Elections' (Comelec) claim that signal problems and network traffic delayed the transmission of election results.
In a statement on Friday, telecommunications giant PLDT their networks Smart and Sun did not suffer heavy traffic during the election process including the first six hours after the closing of the polling precincts when traffic from precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines was at its peak.
"The combined networks of Smart and Sun have a signal in every city and municipality in the country...Traffic generated by the PCOS machines did not pose a problem for our cellular  networks because each transmission was relatively small – only about 80 kb – and was easily and quickly delivered by our data network," the PLDT said in a statement.
The PLDT added that data transmissions generated by the PCOS machines were coursed through a virtual private network dedicated to handling this traffic.  
"This means that the PCOS data were not mixed with the regular voice and data traffic of the network, further ensuring that the transmissions would be delivered quickly," the company said.
Media reports recently quoted Comelec chairman Sixto Brilliantes Jr. as saying that about 18,000 or 25 percent out of the 78,000 PCOS machines suffered transmission lags.
Brillantes reportedly attributed the problem to network congestion and to the lack of cellular signal in the areas where PCOS machines were deployed.
In last week's elections, the Comelec received an insignificant number of certificates of canvass during the start of the canvass proceedings.
The poll body even failed to meet its self-imposed deadline of proclaiming winning all senatorial candidates 48 hours after the polling precincts closed on election day.
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