Free WiFi Hotspots in the Philippines

Anyone who’s ever spent much time in the Philippines would be aware that local WiFi access can be somewhat “challenging” at times. Even the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry admits that it has among theslowest and expensive Internet access not only among the ASEAN member states but also globally” 

Nonetheless, progress is being made towards broadening access to locals and visitors with the progressive roll-out of Pipol Konek via the Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). Pipol Konek is a free public access facility with (currently) around 2000 live sites nationwide including ~700 in Manila NCR and ~130 in Cebu. The ultimate objective is to have 200,000 live sites by 2022.

The daily data limits certainly aren’t huge – 50Mb for instant access and up to 300Mb for registered users – but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Full details, including instructions and a live map of sites, are at the Pipol Konek website.

 

 

 

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