MANILA, Philippines - All University of the Philippines campuses will get free Wifi hotspots from Smart Communications.
UP and Smart Communications have recently signed a memorandum of agreement wherein the telecommunications company will provide free wireless connectivity to all UP campuses around the country.
UP president Alfredo E. Pascual and Smart chief wireless advisor Orlando B. Vea recently signed the memorandum of agreement covering the provision of free wireless connectivity to the UP System.
"This is more than just a simple triumph of technology. The hotspots will be a catalyst in unifying the seven constituent universities and one constituent college of the UP System and will signal the start of greater collaboration between UP and Smart in bringing Philippine education into the 21st century," Pascual said.
Under the agreement, websites whitelisted by UP and Smart can be accessed for free over WiFi inside UP campuses.
Sites that are not whitelisted can be accessed for free for 30 minutes per day. Data usage beyond that period will be charged the usual rates.
Smart said it will initially install 120 hotspots in various UP campuses, as well as put up eight new base stations in addition to the six already inside the campus.
The project is part of the integrated computerization of UP under the eUP project.
"The eUP project is envisioned to seamlessly integrate UP’s information and communications infrastructure system-wide, enhance service delivery, and achieve operational excellence," Pascual said.
The computerization project is being supported by Smart’s sister company ePLDT.
UP officials said the computerization project will provide an integrated, interconnected, harmonized, and interoperable ICT network within and across all the constituent universities of UP.
“We have to start somewhere, right now — as they say in UP — kung hindi tayo, sino; kung di ngayon, kailan? This MOA signing is a good way to help make the eUP project a reality. We’re in this together,” said Vea, who is a UP alumnus.