WiFi expansion boosts Baguio rehab, tourism
PLDT Enterprise AVP Dennis Magbatoc, Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Smart WiFi head Regina Pineda fire up Smart WiFi at Baguio City Hall.
WiFi expansion boosts Baguio rehab, tourism
(The Philippine Star) - January 24, 2020 - 12:00am

Residents and tourists traveling to Baguio City can look forward to more areas with fast, free and reliable connectivity as PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. expand Smart WiFi coverage in the City of Pines.

PLDT and Smart recently signed an agreement with Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong to roll-out fiber-powered, carrier-grade Smart WiFi to cover more sites across Baguio City, including Mines View Park, Burnham Park Reservation, Baguio City Public Market, Malcolm Square, Wright Park, Baguio Convention Center, Baguio General Hospital and additional sites on Session Road.

Smart WiFi is currently up in heavy foot-traffic areas in the city, including the City Hall of Baguio, The Camp, the National Bureau of Investigation Regional Office in Upper Session Road, Partas Bus Terminal and Saint Louis University.

This rollout of Smart WiFi in Baguio City complements the ongoing expansion of Smart’s LTE network and PLDT’s fiber-to-the-home services in the city and the rest of the country.

Smart also turned over Smart Infocast, a web-based text message broadcast solution that can enable the Baguio City LGU to send out news broadcasts and other critical information to its employees via text message. The platform will also allow Baguio citizens to send feedback to Mayor Magalong.

Around 1.8 million tourists visit the Summer Capital every year, according to the City Planning and Development Office.  Majority of them are local travelers who troop to Baguio to enjoy the city’s famed cool temperature and tourist sites.

Baguio City is also home to over 345,000 residents.

“This year, Baguio City will be undergoing transformation and rehabilitation, and connectivity infrastructure would be a vital component of it,” said Magalong. “We are happy to have PLDT and Smart as Baguio City’s partners in this endeavor to uplift the quality of life in the city.”

“By improving connectivity and expanding the footprint of our fiber-powered Smart WiFi service in Baguio City, we are boosting the tourism industry, as well as local businesses operating in one of the country’s premier tourist destinations,” said Alfredo Panlilio, PLDT chief revenue officer and Smart president and CEO.

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