SMART has just inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of the Philippines to provide FREE WiFi connectivity and access points to all UP campuses across the country. Initially, Smart will be installing 120 hotspots across UP campuses as well as add eight new base stations to six stations that are already inside UP.
Under the agreement, UP students can access websites whitelisted by Smart and UP for free over WiFi inside UP campuses. 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.
UP president Alfredo E. Pascual (right) and Smart chief wireless advisor Orlando B. Vea (left)
“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.”
For his part, UP president Pascual said, “This is more than just a simple triumph of technology. The hotspots will be a catalyst in unifying the seven constituent universities and one constituent college of the UP System and will signal the start of greater collaboration between UP and Smart in bringing Philippine education into the 21st century.”