Clark Airport gets 200Mbps Smart WiFi; NAIA to follow with 1Gbps

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Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade (center) speaks during the launch of Smart WiFi at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade (center) speaks during the launch of Smart WiFi at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga[/caption] Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade and other dignitaries attended the formal launch of the free Smart WiFi service on Friday, Aug. 19. According to Smart officials, the Clark International Airport is the seventh airport to be installed with Smart WiFi nationwide, and the first in Luzon. The service is already available in the 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; and Zamboanga Airport in Zamboanga City. Up next are the airports of Cebu, Dumaguete, Kalibo, Caticlan, General Santos, and Laoag City. The country?s main gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), will also soon be installed with Smart WiFi with speeds of up to 1Gbps. Officials said the hotspots in all four terminals of NAIA and can accommodate 5,000 users at the same time. PLDT senior vice president Eric Alberto said the WiFi service will remain free and unlimited as of the moment. However, passengers may soon need to log-in and provide some personal details to avail a few hours of free wireless connectivity. Executives said that based on research, passengers in airports usually spend an average of one hour waiting for their flights. The PLDT Group has allotted a total of P1 billion for the rollout of free WiFi in major transports hubs around the country. From an initial 21 sites, Tugade said PLDT has committed to increase the deployment to 23 sites. [caption id="attachment_32889" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Clark International Airport Clark International Airport[/caption] The airport in Clark was identified by the Department of Transportation as one of key transport hubs for installation of Smart Wifi as outlined in a landmark agreement signed last month by Tugade and PLDT and Smart chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan to strengthen data connectivity in airports, seaports, railways, train stations, and bus terminals across the country. More high traffic areas such as city halls, schools, hospitals, and malls, among others, will be covered by the service over time amid the increasing demand for more public WiFi hotspots in the country. In an interview with Pampanga-based journalists last June, Pangilinan reaffirmed his commitment to fully develop the Clark International Airport, saying it?s a ?better option? compared to proposed airports in Cavite and Bulacan. Government is proposing to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport with another airport outside of Metro Manila. The presence of foreign and local ecozone locators in Clark as well as its proximity to Metro Manila makes it a viable alternative to NAIA as the country?s main gateway in Luzon.]]>

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