05 July 2012

PLDT, unit sign Subic telecom deals

TELECOM giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and subsidiary SubicTel firmed up agreements with 12 Subic merchants to provide the latter with wireless fidelity (WiFi) service.

The Subic establishments that signed the WiFi zone partnership agreement are Aristocrat Restaurant, All Hands Beach Resort, Bayfront Hotel, Eastern Gasoline Station, Meat Plus Restaurant, Networx Jetsports, Royal Duty Free Shop, Subic Bay Yacht Club, The Lighthouse Marina Resort, Zoobic Safari, Pier One Bar and Grill, and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

PLDT said with these agreements the number of establishments currently powered by its WiFi zones in the Subic Bay Freeport area have increased to 125.

“Subic is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the country and we are happy to provide WiFi service which enables tourists and residents to connect to the Internet that gives them access to various travel and news sites, as well as social networks like Facebook and Twitter where they share photos and videos of their travels with friends and family,” said PLDT Home wired data head Gary Dujali.

PLDT Home data acquisition senior manager Ma. Myla Margarita C. Villanueva said the WiFi zone powered by PLDT is a value-added service that offers a dedicated line with speed of up to 100 megabytes per second to partner-establishments.

Villanueva explained that one deciding factor for a customer to go to a restaurant, hotel,or any establishment, is to check whether it’s a WiFi zone area. “When you’re at home, you have the PLDT myDSL connection, when you go out, you also want to be connected and the WiFi zone makes this possible.”

PLDT representatives provide a WiFi identification (ID) number to customers which can be obtained by registering on the PLDT WiFi zone website.

Customers can use the ID number anywhere in the 3,500 WiFi hotspots nationwide.WiFi zones are equipped with robust, fixed-line infrastructure by PLDT so owners of establishments no longer need to invest on the infrastructure.

SubicTel president Dennis G. Magbatoc said “We are the only telco that is investing on this offering. We ourselves are putting up the WiFi zone infrastructure not just in Metro Manila but also in key cities like Subic and Clark. We are continuously enhancing this service to ensure that a stable, premium WiFi connection is delivered to our subscribers.”(Lenie Lectura, Business Mirror)