Good news for commuters – not only do they get to use free Internet in certain public utility vehicles (PUV) like vans and buses, but they will also get to use it while riding the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) soon.
On Thursday, June 9, Globe has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to install wireless internet infrastructure in all MRT stations along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).
“In line with the two organization’s commitment to continuously improve the lives of its customers and the Filipino people in general; this partnership is a milestone that is expected to improve the experience of the public riding the MRT, including those in the communities surrounding the MRT stations,” Globe senior vice president for program governance Joel Agustin said.
He also emphasized that their project aims to resolve the issue of poor mobile signals along EDSA, particularly during rush hours.
The Ayala-led telecom said that the additional capacity also brought by the macro sites and small cells deployment will help decongest marginal areas around the train stations, therefore providing a better mobile experience to the customers.
“With the support of government agencies such as the operators of the MRT Line 3, we hope to change the experience of our customers in high foot traffic areas and strategic locations such as public transport systems,” Agustin said.
It is expected that the Wi-Fi service will benefit an estimate of 350,000 passengers for 30 minutes daily.
“By providing a reliable mobile and Wi-Fi internet connectivity, our customers will be able to catch up on emails, keep updated on online entertainment and other communication requirements to further enhance their digital lifestyle even while on their way to work or after work.”
Globe announced earlier this year that it has allotted a capital expenditure of $750 million, the majority of which will be used to improve data capacity and expand its network coverage. It will also be boosting its network capacity for both mobile and wirelines using different technologies such as 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi.