PLDT to provide Wi-Fi access to more than 2,300 buses

More than 2,300 public transport buses will be provided with Wi-Fi connection by the end of the year to comply with the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program of the government.

Photo credit: JAM Transit

Photo credit: JAM Transit

This comes as telecom firm PLDT partnered with the Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines (PBOA) to provide their members with Wi-Fi connectivity, closed circuit television (CCTV) monitoring, and vehicle tracking through the ‘SmartBus’ suite of services from the Smart Biz LTE bundle.

The Smart Bus suite will allow bus operators to comply with the government’s plan to modernize the public bus transportation system by installing a GPS monitoring device in their buses for commuter safety.

The package comes with an industrial-grade modern router which is resistant to heat and vibration that reboots automatically to refresh its connection.

“It can accommodate up to 25 users simultaneously and has a bandwidth shaper feature which allows more users to connect, delivering LTE speeds,” according to PLDT first vice president and head of SME business Mitch Locsin.

The telco is eyeing to partner with more bus operators within the year to equip their bus units with high speed connectivity.

“By the end of the year, over 2,300 buses nationwide will be fitted with the SmartBus solution benefiting millions of our commuting public,” Locsin added.

The DOTr will require public transport vehicles to install CCTV cameras, a GPS navigation system, speed limiters, dashboard cameras, and Wi-Fi to comply with the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG). – Aerol John Pateña, PNA

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