The number of cell sites knocked out of service by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has dropped below 30 percent, according to the Wireless Resiliency Cooperative Framework and other companies. The number of counties that have greater than 50 percent of their cell sites out of service has dropped to 19 out of 78.
Through roaming, the wireless companies are serving the maximum population of the islands with the current coverage available.
The restored cell sites, plus Satellite Cells on Light Trucks (COLTs ) and Cells on Wheels (COWs), allow nearly 80 percent of the population to receive wireless coverage in Puerto Rico .
Additionally, the U.S. Virgin Islands has more than 37 percent of its cell sites are out of service, and 77.8 percent of the cell sites in St. John are out of service. However, around 95 percent of the population was reported recently to be covered by the wireless carriers in the U.S. Virgin Islands.