The Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) has started providing passengers with free access to Wi-Fi through a partnership with communications giant Globe Telecom, the telco said on Thursday.
This comes after Globe and the MRT management signed a memorandum of understanding allowing Globe to deploy wireless internet infrastructure in all MRT-3 stations along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).
Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group Joel Agustin said that this partnership cements its commitment to continuously improve the experience of commuters.
“. . . This partnership is a milestone that is expected to improve the experience of the public riding the MRT, including those in the communities surrounding the MRT stations,” Agustin said.
“With the support of government agencies such as the operators of the MRT Line 3, we hope to change the experience of our customers in high foot traffic areas and strategic locations such as public transport systems,” he added.
Agustin further said a reliable mobile and Wi-Fi internet connectivity allows customers to catch up on emails, keep updated on online entertainment and other communication requirements.
He further said it will also help address existing challenges on mobile signals along EDSA, especially during rush hours.
This is expected to benefit about 350,000 commuters who will have free Wi-Fi access for 30 minutes daily, he added.
At present, Globe has set aside for 2016 a capital expenditure of USD750 million, the bulk of which will be used to boost data capacity and expand network reach.
The telco will also increase the capacity of its network for both mobile and wirelines using different technologies, including 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi.