Students, teachers, and professors of UP campuses will now have free access to WiFi within schools thanks to a partnership between Smart Communications and the University of the Philippines System.
Smart will install 200 access points initially in various UP campuses after a Memorandum of Agreement covering the provision of free wireless connectivity to the UP System was recently signed between UP led by its president Alfredo E. Pascual, and Smart led by its chief wireless advisor Orlando B. Vea at the UP Executive House in Diliman, Quezon City.
“This fosters more collaborative learning within the UP community, and allows every Isko and Iska to access online learning resources for free,” said Vea. “For us at Smart, this is part of our vision for digital inclusion, of making the Internet more accessible so that more Filipinos get to enjoy its benefits.”
Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the leader in mobile telecommunications, will also put up eight new base stations to add to the six that are already inside UP.
Users will have free, unlimited access to websites whitelisted by Smart and UP such as Wikipedia, and Google search engine. Sites that are not whitelisted can still be accessed for free for 30 minutes per day. Data usage beyond that period will be charged the usual rates.