The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is expanding its free WiFi program to bring internet connectivity to 2,000 more remote areas across the Philippines.
This initiative is part of the government’s broader goal of bridging the digital divide and ensuring that all Filipinos have access to the internet, regardless of their location.
DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy said that the department is partnering with ComClark Network and Technology Corp., a subsidiary of Converge ICT, to deploy the necessary infrastructure for the free WiFi program.
The project will utilize fixed VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) or satellite dish technology, as well as “satellite-on-the-move” terminals that can be used during emergencies.
Uy said that the DICT aims to reach 15,000 free WiFi access points across the country by the end of 2023 and 25,000 by the end of 2024.
The expansion of the free WiFi program is a welcome development for Filipinos living in remote areas who have long been underserved by traditional internet providers.
With access to the internet, these communities will be able to access information, education, and other online resources that can improve their lives.
The DICT’s efforts to bridge the digital divide are also crucial for the Philippines’ economic development. By connecting more Filipinos to the internet, the government is creating new opportunities for businesses and individuals alike.
The expansion of the DICT’s free WiFi program is a significant step forward in the Philippines’ journey towards becoming a more digitally connected nation.
By providing internet access to underserved communities, the government is leveling the playing field and creating more opportunities for all Filipinos.
The DICT’s initiative is also a testament to the government’s commitment to using technology to improve the lives of its citizens. By embracing innovation and investing in digital infrastructure, the Philippines is positioning itself for a brighter future.