Since the internet came along, life has never been the same. Not only has communicating with family, friends, colleagues etc., even those in other countries, became easier and faster, access to information likewise became available 24/7. Access to fast Wifi has also made waiting in airports and traveling more tolerable. With the high speed connectivity in airports, travelers will get to enjoy a seamless digital experience for more meaningful journeys. The waiting time for boarding which sometimes lasts for hours doesn’t have to be a drag anymore. You can surf the web, check your email and social media networks, watch videos on youtube, listen on Spotify, update your blog, even do some work etc., and turn idle time to productive time.
Travelers using the Bacolod-Silay Airport will get to experience all these with the upgrade of the terminal’s data connectivity by PLDT and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications. Users will be able to use a bandwidth of up to 1 gigabit per second. It’s just about time after installations in Davao City’s Francisco Bangoy International Airport, Misamis Oriental’s Laguindingan Airport, and Iloilo International Airport. Next stop will be the Clark International Airport.
During the rollout in Davao City’s airport, Transportation Undersecretary Roberto Lim made a wise statement saying “A tourist’s impression of a country will be largely based on the first and last experience of his destination”. He also added that “Smart Wifi contributes to improving this experience and to the success of having them come over and visit again”. Furthermore, when a person is on the go, being connected at all times is essential.
The importance of this project cannot be stressed enough since the Bacolod airport is the primary gateway to Negros Island and accounts for about a fifth of the air passenger traffic in Western Visayas.
Aside from the 21 key transport hubs ready for the Smart Wifi installation (which includes Bacolod, Iloilo, Laguindingan, Davao), the four passenger terminals of the NAIA as well as airports in Dumaguete, Kalibo, General Santos, Clark, Laoag, Cebu, Caticlan, and Zamboanga are likewise included. Key seaports in Southern Luzon as well as MRT 3, and LRT lines 1 and 2 for Metro Manila will also be Wifi-ready.