Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and wholly-owned subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) are set to launch a new wireless Internet service next year.
Called “carrier-grade WiFi”, the service will allow mobile device users to log on the web using indoor and outdoor WiFi hotspots, through the use of a prepaid or postpaid account.
Unlike regular public WiFi hotspots, which are present in malls, shops, and schools, carrier-grade WiFi can be made present even in local neighborhoods.
“We will make this possible by installing access points in our base stations, thus allowing users to connect to our WiFi even in their ownhomes,” Rolando G. Pena, PLDT Technology Group head said in a statement.
“All they need to do is sign in with a username and password which they can purchase online or in retail stores. In the near future, we would make automatic authentication through the use of the subscriber’s SIM [subscriber identification module] card,” he said.
As the service uses standard WiFi technology found in most portable devices, the carrier-grade WiFi service can be used by all mobile users regardless of their carrier networks. This makes Smart’s improved network accessible to all Filipinos who are looking for a more stable and reliable wireless connection.
“We are taking all possible steps to make our carrier-grade WiFi service the best option for Filipinos to connect to the Internet.There will be no need for them to purchase additional equipment and eventually, the same log-in credentials can be used to connect to our 3G services,” Pena said.
With the nation’s widest coverage and the most extensive and most modern infrastructure, PLDT and Smart’s combined network is the best prepared to take on the digital demands of the modern Filipino.
Upgrades amounting to P67 billion aim to take the Internet experience to even greater heights with the introduction of both fixed and wireless broadband technologies such as Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) and Long Term Evolution (LTE).