DICT: Free Wi-Fi Coverage in Schools to Grow Six-fold in 2021

The Department of Information and Communications Technology plans to build free Wi-Fi access points in thousands of public schools to help boost connectivity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This is part of the government’s goal to invest more in digital infrastructure, which has taken the backseat in the past or was left to the private sector. Ramping up free Wi-Fi coverage across the Philippines is a key part of the DICT proposal for a record 46.6-billion-peso budget in 2021 or almost eight times its 6-billion-peso budget this year.

It said a total of 12,100 education centers— 10,300 public schools and more than 1,800 state universities, colleges and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority institutions—would benefit from the rollout.

It plans to allocate almost eight billion pesos for free Wi-Fi next year. This will increase the government’s footprint to more than 23,000 sites from 4,248 at the end of June this year.

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