Gov’t launches free Wi-Fi
on Edsa on Independence Day

June 9 2017 9:06 PM


Photo from Wikimedia
Photo from Wikimedia

A free Wi-Fi will be launched on June 12, Independence Day, along the stretch of the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), Malacañang has said.

A news release from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commmission (NTC) would formally launch a free Wi-Fi and high-speed internet services on Monday, Independence Day.

It will be dubbed as “Alay Para sa Malayang Pilipino.

During his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July last year,  President Rodrigo Duterte said he has ordered the DICT to improve the internet services in the country.

“I have ordered the newly-created DICT to develop a National Broadband Plan to accelerate the deployment of fiber optic cables and wireless technologies to improve Internet speed,” Duterte said in his speech.

“To make the EDSA project happen, the DICT employed strategies, which include providing access points in all MRT stations and in between stations and enhancing infrastructures for cellular services along EDSA,” PCOO said in its n.ews release.

The service testing of the project will be done on Saturday, June 10. The priority stretch of the project is from Cubao to Guadalupe.

DICT’s partnered with agencies, which the Department of Transportation – Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3), PLDT and SMART, Globe Telecom, ABRATIQUE & ASSOCIATES, Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRT DevCo), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA, Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), and the local governments of Quezon City, Makati City, Mandaluyong and Pasay City, to make the free Wi-Fi along EDSA possible.