09 April 2012

Subic Bay Freeport goes WiFi

This premier free port is now a WiFi Zone after the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) initiated a pilot project for a wireless local area network here.

Starting April 5, visitors and tourists can now enjoy wireless Internet access powered by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)-SubicTel.

Engr. Vergil Joseph Lansangan, manager of the SBMA Business and Investments Department for Information and Communications Technology (BID-ICT), said the pilot WiFi Zone Project was intended to welcome visitors for the Holy Week with selected commercial and tourism areas as WiFi access points.

“Free WiFi access will run until May 5, as we anticipate more visitors this summer,” Lansangan said.

He added that the SBMA and PLDT-SubicTel intend to turn the entire Subic Bay Freeport into a WiFi Zone.

For the first phase of the project implementation, however, WiFi access will be available within 100 meters from the following: Lighthouse Marina, Pier One, Bayfront Hotel, NetWorx, Subic Freeport Exchange, MeatPlus, PLDT main office, Remy Field, Subic Bay Yacht Club, Royal Subic, Eastern and Petron gas stations, All Hands Beach Resort, and Zoobic Safari.

WiFi access pins will be available at designated booths in Pier One, NetWorx, and All Hands Beach.

Lansangan said that more establishments have expressed their intention to participate in the WiFi Zone Project and subscribe as access points so that more visitors and tourists can enjoy wireless Internet access anywhere in the free port.

Meanwhile, PLDT-SubicTel will be charging a minimal amount of P150 per month for an unlimited WiFi access to myDSL subscribers.

“Soon the Subic Bay Freeport will be completely a WiFi Zone,” Lansangan said. (RFD/MPD-SBMA)