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PLDT, Smart partner with San Miguel to boost Wifi service in Boracay Airport

by SMART Public Affairs | Oct 04, 2016
[04 October 2016] PLDT and Smart Communications (Smart) have partnered with Trans Aire Development Holdings Corp., a unit of San Miguel Corp., for the installation of carrier-grade Smart Wifi in Boracay Airport.

With the deployment in Boracay Airport, formerly Caticlan Airport, travelers to and from Boracay and the entire province of Aklan will now be able to enjoy super-speed internet for a seamless digital experience whether surfing the net for their favorite sites, or keeping connected to home or office while traveling.

This installation is part of the first phase of the nationwide rollout of Smart Wifi. An initial investment of close to P1 billion has been earmarked for this year as the PLDT Group addresses the demand for more Wifi hotspots amid the increasing usage of smartphones and digital devices, as well as data services in the country.

As part of the rollout, carrier-grade Smart Wifi will also be deployed in other major transport hubs to include airports, seaports, and mass transport systems MRT and LRT in Metro Manila.

“The internet has become an integral part of people’s lives. Almost everything we do on a daily basis is linked to the internet. With a backhaul of up to 1 gigabit per second, one can easily post those beautiful Boracay photos, and plan for that next getaway while waiting at the airport. With Smart Wifi, we give you a world-class digital experience,” said Kat Luna-Abelarde, FVP and Wireless Consumer Operations Head at Smart.

“This three-way partnership with Trans Aire and the government to install Smart Wifi in the Boracay Airport is a great example of how companies and government can work together to benefit the public. With this latest installation, we are on track with our commitment to government to make available carrier-grade Wifi services in major transport hubs all over the country,” said Eric R. Alberto, EVP for PLDT/Smart, and president and CEO, ePLDT.

The service is already available in all four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City; 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; Zamboanga Airport in Zamboanga City; Clark International Airport in the Clark Special Economic Zone in Mabalacat, Pampanga; Laoag International Airport; Dumaguete Airport, General Santos Airport, and Kalibo International Airport, as well as the ports of Batangas, and Calapan in Mindoro.

Soon, Smart Wifi will also be upgraded in other airports, including that of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Dipolog, and Cebu. More high traffic areas such as city halls, schools, hospitals, and malls, among others, will be covered by the service over time.

The deployment is backed by the group’s robust and resilient wireless and fixed-line network infrastructure. It forms part of Smart’s three-year massive network modernization program in anticipation of growth in data traffic.