Smart PLDT opens wifi
Internet at city airport
TAGBILARAN CITY, October 7 (PIA)—Starting Monday, October 10, tourists passing through Tagbilaran City Airport can start accessing free high-speed internet through a wifi system that would open up more free tourism promotions for Bohol courtesy of tourists who had the chance to take memories of Bohol with them.
The Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) and Smart Communications, in partnership with San Miguel Corporation’s Trans Aire Development Holdings for the installation of a carrier-grade Smart Wifi now allows tourists to post snapshots of the scenic Bohol spots and get connected to homes and offices while in transit.
Set for official launching on Monday, October 10 at 2:00 PM, the free access comes at a time of week when Bohol holds its Information Communication Technology Summit.
The airport wifi installation boasts of a gigabit per second in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation promise of free internet connections for public areas across the country.
The installation at the airport also comes not a month after similar free wifi access became available at the Tagbilaran City tourism port, and the port of Tubigon, as reported earlier by Port Manager Engr. James Gantalao.
Earlier this year, the PLDT Group has announced the first phase of the nationwide rollout of Smart Wifi via an initial investment of close to P1 billion as earmarked for this year, Smart sources said.
As part of the rollout, carrier-grade Smart Wifi was also deployed in other major transport hubs to include airports, seaports, and mass transport systems MRT and LRT in Metro Manila.
The opening of these wifi access areas has also progressively increased the usability of smartphones and similar digital devices including the critical data services in the province, bloggers of the Bohol Bloggers Collective said.
Smart Executive Vice President for PLDT/Smart Eric Alberto points out that the three-way partnership with Trans Aire and the government to install Smart Wifi is a great example of how companies and government can work together to benefit the public.
“With this latest installation, we are on track with our commitment to government to make available carrier-grade Wifi services in major transport hubs all over the country,” he added.
With the service now available, Tagbilaran Airport, joins other high traffic areas like the four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City; Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City; Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental; Bacolod-Silay International Airport in Silay City; Iloilo International Airport in Iloilo City; Roxas Airport in Roxas City; Zamboanga Airport in Zamboanga City; Clark International Airport in the Clark Special Economic Zone in Mabalacat, Pampanga; Laoag International Airport; Dumaguete Airport, General Santos Airport, and Kalibo International Airport, as well as the ports of Batangas, and Calapan in Mindoro.
Soon, Smart Wifi will also be upgraded in other airports, including that of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Dipolog, and Cebu, Smart said.
Also, in his SONA last July, President Duterte ordered the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to develop a National Broadband Plan "to accelerate deployment of fiber optics.
With this, more high traffic areas such as city halls, schools, hospitals, and malls, among others, will be covered by the service over time, Smart added.
The deployment is backed by the group’s robust and resilient wireless and fixed-line network infrastructure.
It accordingly forms part of Smart’s three-year massive network modernization program in anticipation of growth in data traffic. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)