Smart Wifi has recently signed a partnership with Google, with an aim of bringing free, fast, and reliable Internet connectivity to more Filipinos.
Powered by Smart Wifi’s nationwide infrastructure, the partnership aims to give more citizens access to connectivity, as the number of its Wifi hubs throughout the country increases.
“All our efforts are driven primarily by our mission to provide universal access to information.”
– David Shapiro, Google Next Billion Users Chief Business Officer
To date, over 63% of Filipinos are said to have access to the Internet, and the partnership aims to see growth in these numbers for the Philippines to become a global player.
As one of the most active social media users in the world, access to free Wi-Fi in the Philippines is deemed critical to the overall climate of the global economy. A study by the World Bank even indicates that GDP growth may be correlated to increased use of the Internet.
“We are happy to partner with Smart Wifi in giving more Filipinos access to new opportunities and learning tools through the internet—empowering them in a meaningful way.”
– Kenneth Lingan, Google Philippines Country Manager
“It is an honor for us to join hands with an esteemed technology leader who shares in our vision of empowering our citizens with connectivity. More than being a testament to our technological adeptness, this milestone signifies our unwavering commitment to prompt the next chapter of digital transformation for the country.”
– Jovy Hernandez, SVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups
“Technology is a great equalizer of opportunities and as the country’s premier ICT and digital services provider, we are constantly looking for ways to innovate and uplift the everyday experiences of our customers.”
– Eric Alberto, PLDT and Smart Chief Revenue Officer and ePLDT President & CEO
Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.