Free Wi-fi and high-speed Internet services will launch and be available along Edsa starting June 12, Independence Day, a project led by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), with the National Telecommunications Commmission (NTC), called as "Alay Para sa Malayang Pilipino", according to Malacañang.
The said project is a part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise of improvement of the internet speed in the country and selected public places to have Wi-fi access and ordered the newly-created DICT to develop a National Broadband Plan to accelerate the deployment of fiber optic cables and wireless technologies during his SONA last July as announced by the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
"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.
Furthermore, DICT’s partner agencies include 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.
Service testing will start today, June 10 and will prioritize the stretch of Edsa from Cubao to Guadalupe.
SOURCES: [Presidential Communications Operations Office]