Manila, Philippines – The Philippines is now connected to fast and free Wi-Fi, thanks to Google Station’s free internet access program.
Google’s Next Billion Users initiative has expanded to over 400 sites since its launch with 50 live stations including Manila-based transit systems, select provincial universities and colleges, as well as airports in Manila, Clark, and Davao.
The tech giant’s joint partnership with PLDT, Inc. and Smart Communications, Inc., for Google’s Next Billion Users initiative was launched last February with the sole purpose of providing Internet access that is fast, free, and for every Filipino.
Google Station’s initial monthly report notes the need for access as around one million active users are averaging 22 minutes of Internet usage for multiple times every day.
“This collaboration with PLDT and SMART, hopefully, will lead to installation of Google Station in more locations nationwide so Filipinos can connect to opportunities and benefit from the growing digital economy,” K Suri, Google director for Next Billion Users for Southeast Asia explained in a statement released in July.