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Iloilo airport gets data connectivity upgrade

by Smart Communications, Inc. | Aug 05, 2016
[5 August 2016] Iloilo Airport, touted one of the best airports in Asia in a 2015 survey of web portal, SleepingInAirports.com, promises a better digital experience for travelers with the upgrade of its data connectivity by PLDT and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications.

Iloilo Airport, touted one of the best airports in Asia in a 2015 survey of web portal, SleepingInAirports.com, promises a better digital experience for travelers with the upgrade of its data connectivity by PLDT and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications.

The firing up of Smart Wifi will significantly improve the digital experience of travelers using the Iloilo Airport passenger terminal.  With a bandwidth of up to 1 gigabit per second, Wifi users will have the best customer experience whether surfing the web for their favorite sites, or keeping connected with home and office while traveling.

The installation of Smart Wifi in the Iloilo Airport comes on the heels of similar initiatives in Davao City’s Francisco Bangoy International Airport, Misamis Oriental’s Laguindingan Airport, and Bacolod City’s Silay International Airport. Next week, Smart Wifi will also be on air in the Clark International Airport.

“A tourist’s impression of a country will be largely based on the first and last experience of his destination.  Smart Wifi contributes to improving this experience and to the success of having them come over and visit again,” said Transportation Undersecretary Roberto Lim during the deployment in Davao City's airport.

The Iloilo airport is the country’s fourth busiest airport and is regarded as one of the most beautiful airports. It serves the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras as well as the general area of Panay Island, and is an alternative international gateway to the Manila-NAIA and Mactan-Cebu international airports.

It is among the infrastructure projects bundled under the public-private partnership (PPP) with the airport already operating beyond capacity. As one of the top five airports in the country, Iloilo has high passenger traffic, serving over 2 million passengers annually.  The proposed expansion of its facilities will enable it to accommodate up to 4.5 million passengers annually.

“In this digital age, data connectivity is important especially when one is on the go. With Smart Wifi, travelers will get to enjoy a seamless digital experience for more productive and meaningful journeys,” said Eric R. Alberto, EVP for PLDT/Smart, and president and CEO, ePLDT.

The Iloilo, Bacolod, Laguindingan and Davao airports are among the 21 key transport hubs identified by the DOTr for installation of Smart Wifi to bring the internet into the hands of more Filipinos all over the country.  The rollout includes all four passenger terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as well as airports in Dumaguete, Kalibo, General Santos, Clark, Laoag, Cebu, Caticlan, and Zamboanga. Also in the list are key seaports in Southern Luzon as well as MRT 3, and LRT lines 1 and 2 for Metro Manila.

Smart Wifi’s footprint will also be expanded to cover more public areas, such as city halls, schools, hospitals, and establishments such as malls, restaurants, and coffee shops, among many others, amid the increasing demand for more public Wifi hotspots in the country.

The Smart Wifi nationwide deployment is backed by the PLDT Group's robust and resilient fixed and wireless networks.