In this age of social media and online driven activities, people are more bound to rely on their internet subscriptions, prepaid or postpaid plans, on their way to work or places where they can spend their whole day surfing the net for research or leisure entertainment purposes. And the usual mode of public transportation of these netizens are the MRT and LRT lines, and those who are traveling along EDSA spent an average of 30 minutes on a single route destination passing through 13 MRT stations.
Last June 12, 2017, in line with the celebration of the 119th Philippines’ Independence Day, the EDSA Free Wi-Fi project was initiated in collaboration with the following agencies, companies and government units. DICT on the EDSA Free Wi-Fi project simulated the first Wi-Fi signal with the NTC, the DOTr MRT 3, Metro Rail Transit Development Corp., Light Rail Transit Authority, Light Rail Manila Corp., Metro Manila Development Authority, Department of Public Works and Highways, Manila Electric Co., Philippine Reclamation Authority, the local government units of Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasay and Quezon City, A&A, PLDT-Smart, and Globe Telecoms.
Speed tests were done by NTC using the OOKLA speedtest app on July 6 to 7 with speeds of, which showed average download and upload speeds, 156.6Mbps and 135.8Mbps, respectively.
Ortigas station has the fastest download speed of 325.48 Mbps. And Magallanes with the highest upload speed at 310.57 Mbps.
MRT stations with the heaviest usage of the Free Wifi are the following: Taft Avenue, North Avenue, Cubao, Ayala, Shaw Boulevard, and Boni Avenue.
Total number of commuters able to connect to the Free Wi-Fi recorded were 230,000 of the 444,044 daily MRT-3 commuters who gained access and connected to the EDSA Free Wi-Fi internet.
Target coverage of EDSA Free Wi-F is 24 kilometers of EDSA. Now, this innovation makes riding trains in the Philippines more awesome!
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