UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippines has increased its budget for free Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide.
According to Rappler, Makati City Representative Luis Campos Jr. said on August 4 the government is investing ₱1.16 billion for the project.
The goal is to establish nearly 11,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots by the end of 2019 to give Filipinos access to the Internet via their mobile phones.
The budget was reportedly lodged under the over ₱5 billion budget of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
DICT has established free Wi-Fi hotspots in the country this year following a new law requiring public places and government offices to provide free internet access.
Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index report in January gave the Philippines poor global ranking for mobile Internet with just 12 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload speeds.