PLDT, Smart has partnered with Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology for connectivity solutions

PLDT and its cellular subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have partnered with the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST) to provide connectivity solutions for its campuses, expanding its support for universities in North Luzon.

PLDT and Smart have partnered to provide fast and reliable Smart WiFi at NEUST’s Sumacab Main Campus in Cabanatuan City, with plans to expand to NEUST’s Pearanda, San Isidro Talavera, and General Tinio campuses as well.

In conjunction with the Smart Study Program at NEUST, Smart has also launched Smart Infocast, a web-based text broadcast service, and distributed Smart Bro Pocket WiFi units.

In August, NEUST will hold TNT Tropang Saya, a competition in which 40 students will be chosen as Ambassadors and receive GIGA Study Subsidies.

Meanwhile, PLDT supplies electricity to NEUST’s academic offices and plans to enhance broadband across all campuses.

“The university’s mission is to transform communities through science and technology,” said NEUST President Dr. Feliciana Jacoba, who led the virtual ceremonies attended by PLDT and Smart representatives led by Smart FVP and Regional Head – Consumer Sales Group John Y. Palanca, PLDT Enterprise AVP, and Corp.

“Our students, instructors, and academic staff will be able to use the country’s largest and fastest network for free. This is part of our ongoing support for our stakeholders, particularly in these trying times, “she continued.

“She remarked,” she explained, “I’d like to encourage our students to make use of this opportunity to expand their knowledge, conduct research, and complete their academic goals. This project is dedicated to you.” NEUST also intends to link more of its students, including those from remote locations.

“We share NEUST’s and its president, Dr. Feliciana Jacoba’s mission of fostering quality, innovation, and hyper-collaboration at all levels of the university, guided by the NEUST ideals of nationalism, excellence, unity, spirituality, and transparency. We are honored to collaborate with NEUST in guiding the future generation to create a better world for everyone, “According to Palanca.

PLDT First Vice President Vic Y. Tria, who stressed the importance of transformational education through science and technology, said the company is ready to deliver connectivity and digital solutions and help bring their benefits closer to NEUST and its communities. “A fast, resilient, and secure network is critical at this stage of economic recovery for NEUST to continue operations and provide value to the communities it serves,” he said, adding that as PLDT and Smart expand their network in Nueva Ecija, they are also launching Smart Barangay Connect in Cabanatuan City.

“As we expand our reach throughout North Luzon, NEUST is in the forefront of providing a better Internet experience to their students, professors, and administration members, as we provide the fastest fiber-powered free WiFi to the University’s many campuses,” de Guzman stated. “Public WiFi, we feel, contributes to a more connected society and a more evolved and informed student population. It allows everyone to interact, contribute, and learn outside of the classroom.”

These efforts align with Smart’s “Live Smarter for a Better World” tagline, highlighting the company’s long-standing community cooperation programs and empowering “personal revolutions” through connectivity and CSR initiatives.

Smart’s Barangay Connect project, which promises to bring connectivity closer to communities by providing free WiFi to barangays, will soon be rolled out in major locations across the nation, starting with Antipolo, Mandaluyong, Las Pinas, General Santos, and Nueva Ecija.

Smart WiFi is being deployed as part of PLDT and Smart’s statewide rollout and extension of their combined fixed and wireless networks. Smart’s wireless network, which according to third-party analytics firm Ookla is the fastest in the country, currently reaches 96 percent of the Philippine population from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi.

The fiber infrastructure of parent company PLDT, which is the most extensive in the country with over 478,000 kilometers as of end-March 2021, enables various services.

Source: Smart Newsroom

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