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San Juan set to become free Wi-Fi smart city soon

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By Jhon Aldrin Casinas 

WiFi zones may soon digitally connect residents of San Juan City through free internet access.

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora
(ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Mayor Francis Zamora said that WiFi zones will be built in the city before the year ends.

“We will already have WiFi zones in the city before the end of the year,” Zamora said in an interview on Thursday.

Making San Juan a “smart city” by installing free WiFi connections in all of its 21 villages was one of the top campaign promises that Zamora made during his campaign in the midterm polls.

Zamora has asked the assistance of former senator and now Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan to fulfill his vision.

The DICT chief, the mayor shared, made a commitment to make San Juan the “pilot city” in its goal of building “smart cities” in the country.

Zamora said that personnel from DICT will be conducting surveys in the city to determine the locations for the planned WiFi zones.

He said he has also talked with other key DICT officials regarding his proposed project.

“Unlike in other areas where WiFi connections are only available at the city hall and hospitals, here in San Juan, WiFi zones will be spread in the entire city,” he said.

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