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San Juan taps Smart for free Wi-Fi service

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SMART COMMUNICATIONS Inc. (Smart) on Thursday signed a deal with the San Juan City government to provide “fast, free and open fiber-powered Wi-Fi” to its residents. A separate deal with PLDT-backed software and IT solutions provider Multisys Technologies was also signed to develop the San Juan City app, mobile kiosk and e-wallet services, intended to make the city government’s services more accessible. The free Wi-Fi service will be available at the Agora Market, San Juan Medical Center, Pinaglabanan Shrine, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines-San Juan campus, among others. “We are happy to work with the San Juan City government in realizing their smart city vision. We look forward to helping Mayor Francis Zamora further enhance his government’s ability to respond even more efficiently to the needs of his constituents and elevate San Juan to be at par with other modern cities in Asia and the world,” PLDT chair Manuel V. Pangilinan said in his speech during the signing ceremony. For his part, Mr. Zamora said, “Through this memorandum of agreement with Smart and Multisys for free Wi-Fi in key areas in our different barangays, for the development of our San Juan City App and for the deployment of Electronic Kiosks in all our barangay halls and our City Hall, we are now bringing our San Juaneños closer to the city government by digitalizing local government services. This is in line with our vision to make San Juan a Smart City.” — Arjay L. Balinbin

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