Converge ICT and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are teaming up to roll out free public WiFi in passenger terminals of 9 airports in the Philippines, the telco company announced last Friday.
The statement from Converge ICT said that they had signed a memorandum of agreement with the DOTr, as well as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Davao International Airport Authority (DIAA), and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA). The MOA includes the provision of a free internet connection on both arrival and departure in select airports.
Each user will be allocated 120 minutes of access per day for each registered user. The connection will boast up to 1Gbps of speeds with 80-percent service reliability.
The list of airports with Converge free WiFi are:
- Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
- Mactan-Cebu International Airport
- Francisco Bangoy International Airport
- Iloilo International Airport
- Bacolod-Silay Airport
- Laoag International Airport
- Tacloban Airport
- Pagadian Airport
- Zamboanga International Airport
Converge ICT said that they have 90 days to create a roll-out plan from signing the agreement. Thus, the free public WiFi in the said airports wouldn’t be available until the first quarter of 2023.
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Dennis Anthony Uy, Converge CEO and co-founder, highlighted the “vital role” of airports as they can leave a positive impression on the Philippines on both tourists and locals. Thus, as an ICT company, they want to provide the right technology and connectivity to “ensure that people have a great experience in these facilities.”