The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) of the Philippines is targeting to install over 9,000 free Wi-Fi sites nationwide in 2023, under its “Broadband ng Masa” Program (BBMP). This is in addition to the current 4,757 live sites in the 75 provinces and in the National Capital Region.
In a public briefing, the Department’s undersecretary mentioned that the agency aims to set up 9,762 additional sites in public places and 162 sites in state universities and colleges. Digitalization is one of the priorities of the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
The Department’s “Broadband ng Masa” Program or “Broadband of the Mass” aims to improve internet speed and connectivity in the country, especially in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. This includes enhancing and establishing broadband infrastructure, encouraging more investments for the unserved and underserved communities, and advocating ICT-related policies.
Also part of the BBMP is the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure Project (LBIP), a 240-kilometer fiber line connecting government-owned cable landing stations (CLS) in different areas In Luzon.