More than 30 million travelers who use the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) every year will now have access to a high-speed internet courtesy of PLDT and Smart Communications (Smart) in partnership with DOTr (Department of Transportation).
Currently offered for free and unlimited, the facilities were recently upgraded to a carrier-grade Wifi. Everybody can connect to #[email protected] and enjoy 1Gbps Smart WiFi which is now live at NAIA Terminals including the 11 Regional Airports.
Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of PLDT and Eric R. Alberto, EVP for PLDT/Smart, and president and CEO, ePLDT.
“This state-of-the-art communications infrastructure will help boost the country’s tourism industry. Today’s travelers are constantly online and rely on mobile apps for information and services that make their trips more enjoyable and productive,” said PLDT and Smart chairman, president, and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan.
All four (4) terminals of NAIA now each have a backhaul capacity of up to 1 gigabit per second. Up to 3,000 concurrent users can connect to Smart Wifi with seamless digital experience.
Here’s a screen grab of our actual speed test during the launch September 23, 2016.
Department of Transportation, PLDT & Smart inaugurate #SmartWiFi in all 4 NAIA Terminals, on top of 11 regional airports in the country. ✈️
— SMART (@LiveSmart) September 23, 2016
In partnership with Duterte Administration’s first 100 days
Earlier, PLDT and Smart had rolled out carrier-grade Wifi service to 11 regional airports, which served about 15 million passengers in 2015. This was done under a Memorandum of Agreement with Department of Transportation to install high-speed Wifi service in key transport hubs all over the country within the first 100 days of the Duterte Administration.
The first deployment of carrier-grade Smart Wifi was in Davao City’s Francisco Bangoy International Airport, Mindanao’s busiest, last July 19. This was followed by more rollouts in Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental, Bacolod-Silay International Airport and Iloilo International Airport, Roxas Airport, Zamboanga Airport, Clark International Airport, Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport, Laoag International Airport, General Santos International Airport, Kalibo International Airport.
Smart Wifi has also been installed in the Batangas International Port in Batangas City, and Calapan City Port in Mindoro. Upcoming deployments include the airports of Caticlan in Boracay, Puerto Princesa in Palawan, and Tagbilaran in Bohol. High-speed internet will also be installed in the terminals of MRT and LRT in Metro Manila.
More high traffic areas such as city halls, schools, hospitals, and malls, among others, will be covered by the service over time.
Lisa Chavez, a human resource executive who was visiting Davao for the weekend, always likes to be in the loop on the status of her flight, the weather, and other updates relevant to traveling. “I can talk to my friends about the Blugre durian dessert that I ate, and I can also Instagram breathtaking views in Eden Nature Park!”
“Smart Wifi with high-speed Internet connectivity will give quality online time while waiting for one’s flights. I can post real-time updates of my travel through social media platforms, especially videos, in no time,” said Vincent Tom Udasco, a photographer and blogger from Cagayan de Oro City.
Vanessa Villaflores, an OFW who will be leaving for Japan, said that Smart Wifi allowed her to maximize the remaining time before she leaves to connect with her family—like she’s still at home.
“Facebook is my way of connecting with my family when I’m away. Smart Wifi complements my mobile data services, allowing me to message my loved ones and share photos and updates to them allowing me to spend more time with them before I leave,” she said.