Wireless operator Smart Communications has announced that it is widening the footprint of its Smart Wi-Fi service in key transport hubs, government offices, and business establishments across the country.
Smart has earmarked close to P1 billion for the rollout, which forms part of PLDT?s P43-billion capital expenditure program for this year alone.
Smart Wi-Fi public hotspots are currently undergoing upgrades in all the four terminals of Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City; Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao; Iloilo International Airport; Bacolod-Silay International Airport in Negros Occidental; and Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport in Negros Oriental.
Smart WiFi is also now available for use by waiting passengers at the terminals of major bus companies including Alps, Five Star Bus, Isarog Bus, Jam Liner, Philtranco, and Victory Liner.
Aside from major transport hubs, Smart Wi-Fi has also expanded to cover more public areas, such as city halls, schools, and establishments such as malls, restaurants, and coffee shops, among many others, addressing the growing demand for more public Wi-Fi hotspots in the country.
With Smart Wi-Fi, users can take advantage of free connectivity for an initial number of minutes, after which the service allows them to conveniently purchase credits from Smart to extend and boost their internet session.
?Over the past months, we have aggressively broadened the Smart Wi-Fi footprint through our key partnerships with government institutions and business establishments, consequently improving internet access and coverage nationwide,? said Eric R. Alberto, executive vice president at PLDT and Smart, and ePLDT President and CEO.
Kat Luna-Abelarde, FVP and wireless consumer operations head at Smart, said the initiative is also designed as an essential tool for small and medium enterprises and institutions.
?Smart has built a solid reputation of connecting Filipinos, and Smart Wi-Fi is very much part of our commitment to make ?Internet for All? happen through faster, more reliable, and more accessible products and services,? she said.
?With more people using Wi-Fi provided by establishments they patronize, Wi-Fi connectivity has been proven to contribute to business growth,” said Alberto.
“Smart Wi-Fi is designed to do this and more, by equipping SMEs and various organizations with an indispensable tool to engage customers, build loyalty, and gather significant information that will help them understand customer needs.”
The rapid expansion of Smart Wi-Fi is supported by PLDT?s fixed and wireless networks, backed by a fiber optic footprint spanning over 100,000 kilometers.