Fibre broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions says it has rolled out 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) fibre connectivity at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 (NAIA T4) in Manila as part of its Free Wi-Fi project for the benefit of the country’s international and local gateways.
Through the Converge Free Public Wi-Fi, travellers can surf the internet for 120 minutes at speeds of up to 1 Gbps. Converge aims to roll out this project in all the terminals of nine Philippines airports.
Converge formalized the project through a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and airport operator the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), and Davao International Airport Authority (DIAA) last year. NAIA Terminal 4 is the first terminal to be launched in the project under the MOA.
According to the MIAA, some 1.7 million international passengers travelled through NAIA in April of 2023, with 9,089 flight movements.
“Local and international travellers can maximize our fibre-fast connection especially in digitally supported processes in checking in and boarding, or even just surfing while waiting for departure or upon their arrival,” says Converge CEO and Co-founder Dennis Anthony Uy.
In 2020, Converge embarked on a nationwide expansion plan to ensure that its fibre broadband service would be available to all unserved and underserved areas nationwide. Today, Converge says it has the country’s broadest FTTH network, with over 646,000 kilometres of fibre assets, and 15.9 million households covered. Converge serves nearly 2 million residential customers and 40,000 business customers.
“Now that our infrastructure is in place, Converge is ready and able to serve more facilities such as our airports, schools, and government offices all over the country,” says Converge Chief Operations Officer Jesus C Romero.