TAGBILARAN CITY, October 13 (PIA)--A super-speed wireless fidelity (WIFI) connection is now available for passengers transiting through the Tagbilaran Airport, and in no time at all, it would be available at the City Hall, Provincial Capitol and Plaza Rizal.
The ceremonial tapping of the free one gigabyte per second (1GBPS) wifi connection internet access at the Tagbilaran City came 102 days after President Rodrigo Duterte assumed power and 77 days after he stated his dream of more democratic internet access in public areas.
All one needs to do is simply connect to SmartWifi, and all the wifi-enabled devices and all networks gets the free access, PLDT Assistant Vice President and Head of the Enterprise Service Fulfillment Management Harold Kim Orbase said.
When President Duterte hinted free connection in all public places, government partner-telecommunications companies are "forced" to respond, Orbase added.
Earlier, last July 25, in his first State of the Nation, President Rodrigo Duterte openly dreamed of ambitious free wifi access in all public spaces in the country, even as the government partners with telecommunications companies are tasked to put up the necessary infrastructure to lay out the connections.
At the airport, when one is connected, he could get uninterrupted video streaming for possible video conferencing through video calls and large data downloads.
The connection, courtesy of a tie-up among Smart Communications, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company and San Miguel Corporation’s Trans Aire Development Holdings now allows tourists the much appreciated time to roll out subliminal promotions of Bohol tourism sites.
It also allows tourists vacationing in Bohol to leave final instructions to their business associates who would have to run their operations in the absence of vacationing key staff.
The Bohol airport has been identified as one with high traffic bulk in the Visayas now opened with access to high speed internet connection, Orbase said.
Tagbilaran Airport, joins other high traffic areas like Iloilo International Airport in Iloilo City, Roxas Airport in Roxas City, Kalibo International Airport, Dumaguete Airport and soon to be launched Mactan Cebu International Airport connection.
In his welcome address during the event, City Mayor John Geesnell Yap asked PLDT Smart to also afford the same high speed and reliable internet access to the new City Hall.
Coming right after Tagbilaran's request is Governor Edgar Chatto who also teased the telecommunications company officials present at the launch to also give in for Bohol Capitol and the public Plaza del Principe in front of the St Joseph Cathedral.
The free internet access at the airport is just among the show windows of Smart PLDT on the strength of the internet connection available in Bohol, which according to sources at the telecommunications company, is backed by the group’s robust and resilient wireless and fixed-line network infrastructure.
The infrastructure support, is among the close to P1 billion PLDT invested this year to put up the framework for a SMART wifi, over the years.
It accordingly forms part of Smart’s three-year massive network modernization program in anticipation of growth in data traffic.
The free wifi internet connection also happens when Bohol opens its doors again to investors in information communications technology and the business process management at the ICT Summit at the MetroCenter Hotel October 14-15. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)