Sun Jul 19 2020
Philippines Gov. have released plans to install 23,100 free Wi-Fi hotspots country-wide
The Philippines Government last week revealed plans to install a further 23,100 free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country to help encourage remote working during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) announced that 7.7bn pesos (nearly £123m) had been put aside for the project with the stated aim of increasing the number of free Wi-Fi hotspots around the country, particularly in public institutions like schools, by at least 5.5 times the current amount.
The additional funding is part of the Philippines ‘Free Wi-Fi For All’ program which was first introduced in 2016.
Around half of the new sites identified will be in or around the education sector (schools, colleges and universities) whilst the other half will be installed in public offices (including local and central Government buildings), hospitals and rural health centres, libraries, train stations and public parks.
The thrust of the new, accelerated, initiative will mostly skip the capital, Manila, where most workers already have access to the internet so have been able to effectively work from home and instead focus on more rural areas.
Many people outside of the capital rely on mobile data for their internet access and as schools aren’t expected to return till at least September it’s hoped these Wi-Fi spots will enable children to continue their education from home as well as allow more adults to adopt remote working.
Sun Jul 19 2020