The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has delivered on its promise after it officially launched its free Wi-Fi service on Monday along EDSA, primarily at busy locations such as MRT stations.
According to DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, the free service, which is provided by both Globe Telecom and Smart Communications, can bring in speeds of up to 300Mbps, GMA News Online reports.
However, this service can only be used for 30 minutes per day and you will get charged after that period. That’s not bad at all, since users will be getting a few minutes of free browsing daily. We’re also supportive of this major development, but we couldn’t help ourselves from having some doubts given that the Philippines has one of the worst Internet services in the world.
Having said that, netizens were quick to shared their experience using the government’s new free Wi-Fi service. Here are some of their reactions on social media.
This netizen is extremely satisfied:
Even news anchor Karen Davila seems pleased with the free Wi-Fi!
Until she encountered some technical hiccups...
This dude meanwhile found the service slow.
But in general, it looks like the free Wi-Fi is fast. In fact, some netizens claimed it was better than their paid internet at home.
Doesn’t this contradict the suspended Anti-Distracted Driving Act?
Ouch. The truth hurts.
More traffic #hugot lines coming up!
Someone just got lucky!
No data? No problem!