Last June 12, Philippine Independence Day, the National Telecommunications Commission pioneered the launch of “FREE WIFI” for all stations of the Manila Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) that runs from EDSA station (Pasay Rotonda, Taft Avenue corner Edsa), to North station (SM North EDSA) in Quezon City.
The EDSA FREE WiFi project is in collaboration with the following agencies and companies with government units such as the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Metro Rail Transit (MRT 3), Metro Rail Transit Development Corp., Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Manila Electric Co. (MERALCO), Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), the local government units of Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Quezon City; A&A and with forces, both telco giants Globe Telecom and SMART, hand in hand provide the bandwidth for uninterrupted 4G signal and promises to provide blazing speeds, an amazing experience while travelling from any station.
Speedtests conducted by various individual from the blogging community, the media, shows test results with speeds of 156.6 and 135.8Mbps using OOKLA. Ortigas station has the fastest download speed of325.48 Mbps. And Magallenes with the highest upoad speed at 310.57 Mbps.
MRT stations with the heaviest usage of the Free Wifi are the following:
Taft Avenue (Pasay), North Avenue and Cubao (both Quezon City), Ayala (Makati), Shaw Boulevard and Boni Avenue (both Mandaluyong). The total number of commuters able to connect to the Free Wifi are around 30,000 out of the 444,044 daily MRT-3 commuters access. The target coverage of Edsa Free Wifi is 24 kilometers of Edsa.
I surely hope that the FREE WIFI Project will also cover the two other lines running North to South, the Light Rail Transit (LRT), and East to West (LRT 2).