PLDT aims to make Metro Manila a WiFi metropolis!
PLDT has partnered with Alvarion to provide carrier-grade Wi-Fi access starting with over 3,000 hot zones around Manila’s metropolitan area, and continuing to other major areas around the Philippines. This Wi-Fi Zone Project provides access to a premium, high-speed Wi-Fi service in over 3,000 public areas such as cafes, bars and clubs, car dealerships, salons, shopping malls, restaurants and cinemas. In order to make this solution visually appealing around the city
Installation has begun on the first phase and the entire project is expected to be completed in two years. PLDT is the largest telecommunications company in the Philippines providing the largest and most diversified range of telecommunications services.
PLDT promises to provide signals which will reach long distances, operating in Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS), and penetrate to dense urban obstacles such as trees and solid structures, and penetrating inside public buildings such as museums and libraries. Base stations shall be placed in tactical locations that would provide connectivity inside malls and buildings and cover distances of up to 500 meters while overcoming obstacles in both Line-of-Sight (LOS) and Non-Line-of-Sight conditions. PLDT is aiming to provide at least 1 Mbps throughput at a 500 meter Line-of-Sight distance from the base station. Alvarion outperformed this requirement with up to 20 Mbps throughput at 500 meters in a Non-Line-of-Sight, urban environment.
How much will it cost?
We only have this data so far:
For P150.00 per month, PLDT myDSL subscribers get unlimited access to the premium Wi-Fi Zone service using one username and password in all of the 3,000 Wi-Fi zones nationwide.
I wonder how much will it cost for non PLDT myDSL subscribers or for Smart and Sun subscribers.
This is exciting! Good thing I’m a PLDT myDSL subscriber!