Filipinos will be able to watch the livestreaming of the June 30 inauguration of Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte as the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines on their mobile phones for free.
Smart Communications on Wednesday said it will provide free mobile live streaming of the inauguration of the first “social media President.”
Smart, TNT and Sun subscribers nationwide will be able to do this using freenet, the free data platform of Voyager Innovations supported on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud platform and in cooperation with Cignal TV.
Subscribers only need to download the freenet mobile app to view Duterte’s inauguration and take part in the historic event.
“Just a few weeks ago, we told our subscribers to ‘Welcome Change.’ In the coming days, we’ll all be witness to the coming of that change as we welcome the new leader of our country. Smart is proud to enable Filipinos to digitally participate in this occasion using their mobile devices for FREE, through freenet,” said Ariel Fermin, executive vice president and head of consumer business at Smart and PLDT.
“At Voyager, we see a future with no digital divide, with each and every Filipino able to take part in the emerging digital economy. Giving them free livestream access to the next President’s inauguration is a step in our pursuit toward digitally enabling our citizens from today and beyond, through game-changing digital initiatives such as the newly rebranded freenet,” added Orlando Vea, president and chief executive officer at Voyager Innovations.
Widely dubbed as the country’s first-ever “social media President” for having fully utilized the power of social media during the May 9 elections, Duterte is expected to break tradition as he assumes the highest post in the land.
“We’ve seen the power of social media during the last elections, so President-elect Duterte and his incoming administration are very keen in harnessing the same power and enabling each and every Filipino to take part in the conversation,” said incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar.
With almost half of the country having access to the Internet via their mobile phones, millions of Filipinos are expected to tune in as the country welcomes a new President.