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San Juan City signs pact with telco firm for free Wi-Fi zones

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 01:59 PM October 01, 2019
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(L-R) Janis Racpan, director of Globe Telecom’s Wi-Fi Business Group; San Juan City Vice Mayor Warren Villa; San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora; Globe Telecom Chief Commercial Officer Alberto Larrazabal; and Peter Maquera, Senior Vice President of Globe Telecom’s Enterprise Group poses for a photo during the signing of a memorandum of agreement for the establishment of free Wi-Fi zones in San Juan City on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Consuelo Marquez / INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — San Juan City dwellers would soon enjoy free internet access as the local government and a telecommunications firm forged an agreement for the establishment of Wi-Fi zones in all 21 barangays and certain public areas in the city.

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said Globe Telecom will set up the free Wi-Fi zones before the end of 2019 in areas including the San Juan National High School, San Juan Medical Center, San Juan Public Market, and Pinaglabanan Shrine.

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According to Zamora, the partnership with Globe Telecom is part of the local government’s effort to transform San Juan into a “progressive high-tech city.”

“To make San Juan a progressive high-tech city, the backbone really is providing good Wi-Fi access and internet to constituents,” Zamora told reporters in an interview after the ceremonial signing of the memorandum of agreement at San Juan City Hall.

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Last week, the San Juan City government also inked a pact with the Department of Information and Technology (DICT) for free Wi-Fi zones in 21 barangays including health centers and basketball courts, public parks and schools, and police community precincts.

READ: San Juan’s 21 barangays to have Wi-Fi zones by year-end

For Zamora, it is better to have two Wi-Fi service providers since “eventually I would like the entire city of San Juan to be accessible to free Wi-Fi.”

“This is just a start,” the local chief executive said. /kga

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