NEARLY 11,000 free WiFi sites have already been set up across the country, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said on Tuesday, in a boost to the agency’s free internet connectivity program.
“We now have 10,996 free WiFi sites… that’s our tally as of now,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said, speaking in a mix of English and Filipino, in a taped Cabinet meeting.
Mr. Honasan said the rollout rate of the DICT’s Free Wi-Fi for All program had a 500% increase last year. More than 4,300 sites were put up in 2020 alone, he said, adding that an average of 800 stations were built yearly from 2016 to 2019.
In 2018, the DICT announced a target to install 250,000 free Wi-Fi sites nationwide before the end of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s six-year term in 2022. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza