By Jel Santos
More areas in Makati City will have Wi-Fi access following the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the local government unit (LGU) of Makati City and Globe Telecom.
Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay inked a MOA with Globe Telecom president and CEO Ernest Cu at the Session Hall of Makati City Hall Building I Tuesday afternoon.
The augmentation Wi-Fi will be placed at 27 barangay health centers, University of Makati, Ospital ng Makati, and City Hall.
“This project is part of my vision of Makati as a Smart City. Through this partnership, we are improving the technology we already have in Makati so that residents can enjoy fast and reliable internet connections for free,” she said.
Globe, under the agreement, will provide a free 30-minute GO Wi-Fi access to city residents in key locations around Makati City, at no cost to the city, to augment the “Makatizen Wi-Fi” under Neo-Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. (NCIS), the city’s existing partner for its free public Wi-Fi system, which has an average speed of 175 Tbps.
Binay said that, as of Tuesday, the Makatizen GO Wi-Fi was already up and running at Makati City Hall and Ospital ng Makati.
Meanwhile, the mayor said the free Wi-Fi connection for the 27 barangay health centers and the University of Makati will be available in about three months.
The Makati LGU said users must turn on the Wi-Fi in their mobile phones (regardless of network provider) and connect to the hotspot @MakatiZen_FreeGoWiFi. Then, the user will be redirected to a web portal where they will be asked to register using their phone number. “They will receive a code via text message and they need to enter it inside the box. Finally, users need to select Free GoWiFi to avail themselves of the free internet connection.”