THE Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is providing voice and data connection to the International Eucharistic Congress 2016 (IEC 2016) in Cebu City which is expected to be attended by some 15,000 delegates.
PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications are providing fiber optic powered internet to the event which will be held from January 24 to 31.
The Congress aims to bring together Catholics with open-air Eucharistic celebrations, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and various devotional ceremonies.
PLDT has provided free data connectivity and enhanced network coverage in IEC offices and the venues of major Congress events. It has installed fiber links and has provisioned six lines of 1Gbps connections for the IEC event covering strategic locations.
The telco giant has installed telephone lines in the IEC offices, and provided mobile phones and prepaid airtime load as well as data connectivity for organizers, committee heads, and the IEC website team.
It has also supplied the bandwidth requirements of Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM), which will do a live coverage of the entire event.
“The IEC2016 is a milestone event not only for the Church but for the entire country, and we are humbled by the chance to be part of this. Leveraging on our combined fixed line and wireless networks, we are addressing the communication requirements of the organizers as well as the participants of this historical event,” said PLDT Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Manuel Pangilinan.
Smart Communications, in partnership with Cebu-based tech startup InnoPubMedia, is offering to participants the IEC mobile app that was designed in line with their nationwide Digital Tourism program.
The IEC2016 Guide app provides comprehensive information about the Congress that is available for free download to phones and tablets. Users can obtain background information about the IEC, its history, the full schedule of events, as well as messages from Church officials, and other conference-related resources and documents.
Smart and InnoPub have also installed interactive tourism markers in heritage churches that form part of the IEC’s Visita Iglesia (Church Visit) route that pilgrims can check out for information about the church or shrine.
Smart has also made available to the IEC organizers Infocast, a web-based SMS broadcast and management platform that makes the dissemination and collection of information via text messaging faster and more systematic.
The facility is already being used by the IEC and administered by the IEC communications committee.