Quezon City – DOST-ICT Office’s flagship project, the Juan Konek Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project, is set to begin the initial phases of implementation with the issuance of the Notice of Proceed to the Project’s commissioned Service Providers last March 16, 2016.

Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre stated the importance of the collective efforts of the private and public sectors as catalysts in the completion of Juan Konek,

“The road to connectivity, however, is one that should not be treaded alone. Our Office recognizes that the public and private sectors each possess particular strengths, and when both parties channel their efforts towards a shared goal, the sky’s the limit to what they can accomplish.”

The commissioned Service Providers are Innove Communications, Inc. & Yondu Inc (Joint Venture), We are IT Philippines, Inc., Converge ICT Solutions, Inc., AZ Communications Network, Inc., and Omniprime Marketing, Inc., PLDT Alpha, and Abratique & Associates (A&A). A&A shall serve as the provider of the Systems Management, and Access (SMA) aspect of the project.

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Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre (center) poses for a photo with the commissioned service providers who are tasked to implement the Juan Konek Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project

Prior to the ceremonial NTP signing, a Free Wi-Fi Project Steering Committee meeting was held that included members from different NGAs. Various topics were discussed about the progress of the Project, as well as the next steps over the course of the meeting.

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The Juan, Konek! Free Public Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project was conceived and implemented to achieve the DOST-ICTO’s vision of providing Internet for All, where No Juan is left behind. It aims to provide free broadband Internet access to 1,462 Class 1-6 municipalities, and 44 key cities nationwide.