PLDT and Smart Communications  have installed carrier-grade Smart WiFi at Laoag International Airport amid the increasing demand for super speed internet as more Filipinos embrace the digital lifestyle.

The initiative is part of the first phase of the nationwide rollout of Smart WiFi in key transport hubs such as airports, seaports, and mass transport systems, MRT and LRT in Metro Manila.

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Smart is spending close to P1 billion this year for the initial deployment of Smart WiFi so that more people across the country will get to enjoy world-class digital experience that only super speed internet can bring.

The service is now available in the 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, and Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport in Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Soon, Smart Wifi will also be reinforced in all four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, as well as other airports, including that of Cebu, Kalibo, Caticlan, General Santos, and Palawan.  Passengers using the Port of Batangas will also be able to enjoy the service in the forthcoming weeks.

More high traffic areas such as city halls, schools, hospitals, and malls, among others, will be covered by the service over time.

“Filipinos are increasingly using smartphones and digital devices, and accessing a myriad of online content and services.  With a backhaul of up to 1 gigabit per second, Smart WiFi users in Laoag Airport will be able to better enjoy surfing the web for their favorite sites, or keeping connected with home and office while travelling.  This infrastructure was put up in anticipation of a further increase in data usage,” said Kat Luna-Abelarde, FVP and Wireless Consumer Operations Head at Smart.

“The deployment of carrier-grade Smart WiFi in 24 key transport hubs, including Laoag International Airport, is our answer to the public’s clamor for more Wifi hotspots in the country.  It is also a strategic business move for the group as this will help us corner a bigger chunk of the fast-growing data business,” said Eric R. Alberto, EVP for PLDT/Smart, and president and CEO, ePLDT.

The nationwide rollout is backed by the group’s robust and resilient wireless and fixed-line network infrastructure, and is part of Smart’s three-year massive network modernization program to handle the expected rise in data traffic.

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