• October 1, 2023

Cebu City, a first-class city in the Visayas, aims to become a smart city similar to Singapore. To achieve this, the local government unit of Cebu City has partnered with PLDT Enterprise, the corporate business arm of PLDT, to expedite Cebu City’s digital transformation for the benefit of its residents and thriving business communities.

The collaboration will provide advanced digital solutions and reliable connectivity with the initial roll out of free, unlimited public Wi-Fi in 50 barangays, including prominent areas like Guadalupe, Tisa, Basak San Nicolas, and Talamban. 

Wi-Fi access points will be strategically deployed in barangay halls, gyms, and key areas of each barangay to ensure wide coverage and connection of about 30 to 40 meters from every access point.

PLDT Enterprise supplies fiber broadband internet access with a robust bandwidth of 100mbps to enable seamless connectivity. Moreover, a cloud-managed access point is installed to monitor real-time alerts and ensure uninterrupted internet.

Kent De La Calzada, Assistant Vice President & Head of Customer Relationship Management at PLDT Enterprise, underscores the importance of connectivity in driving progress and innovation, saying, “Digital access has become the lifeblood of modern cities. A digital city—facilitated by widespread broadband—is one precursor into becoming a smart city. This certainly benefits all stakeholders.”

In enabling easy access to information and essential services through wireless internet, the LGU enhances the delivery of public services, facilitates learning and information technology, and promotes competitiveness among barangays. 

Just as importantly, it will play a pivotal role in supporting the city’s tourism objectives by providing internet access to visitors. Last year, Cebu City ranked first in tourist arrivals (with 1,063,503 tourists) among all LGUs in Cebu. 

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