Filipinos will be able enjoy free Internet access at six areas in Metro Manila during the upcoming National Science and Technology Week, announced the Philippines' Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
From 24 July to 31 July 2015, users will be able to access the free public Wi-Fi service at selected locations in Quezon City and Manila. The places include the Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City Hall, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PHILCOA) Building, the Social Security System (SSS) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Quezon City, and Rizal Park in Manila.
Each user will be given access to high-speed Wi-Fi for up to 50 megabyte (MB) per day. Users who exceed the daily limit will still be able to access the service but at a throttled down speed.
According to the DOST-Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO), this service will be an "alpha launch" for the government to test the system and understand how it works. Even though 4,550 users are expected to use the service during the initial launch, the agency is preparing to provide the service for 105,000 users.
This free Wi-Fi project is part of DOST- ICTO's "Juan, Konek!" Digital Empowerment Programme, which aims to connect 99 percent of the Philippines by the second quarter of 2016. It is hoped that providing Internet access to its citizens will "spur inclusive growth," said DOST-ICTO Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre. "In the late 2013, the World Bank found that every 10 percent increase in broadband penetration in developing nations will contribute to a 1.38 percent increase in GDP."
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