More Tertiary Students Reaping Benefits of Smart's Google Station

Clarke Velasco
More college students from over 100 tertiary schools nationwide are taking advantage of free Internet access provided by the Google Station, a partnership service of Google Philippines and Smart Communications, Inc.

More Tertiary Students Reaping Benefits of Smart's Google Station
More Tertiary Students Reaping Benefits of Smart's Google Station

Smart has rolled out Google Station at universities and colleges in Metro Manila, Zambales, Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Cebu, and Negros Occidental including PLM, Davao Doctors College, as well as campuses of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, City University of Pasay, and Benedicto College in Cebu.

Among the students benefiting from the on-campus Internet access is Psychology major and student council leader Edwin Basa, who said the service is changing the way he and his schoolmates tackle school work.

“Most of our homework these days involve a lot of researching on the internet, so it’s really important for you to have access to the internet wherever you are,” the Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila student said, adding that it is also particularly handy when communicating within the student council and his other groups.

Smart and Google are hoping to bring the service to more students like Basa. With this, the telecommunications company said the Google Station would be launched in more universities nationwide in the coming months.

“Our goal in expanding this service to cover universities is to empower Filipino tertiary students, who can use our carrier-grade, world-class connectivity to work on their academic requirements, participate in their online classes, and overall, enhance the quality of life in their respective campuses,” said Juan Victor Hernandez, senior vice president and head of Enterprise for PLDT and Smart.

This nationwide rollout of Google Station complements Smart’s ongoing network expansion and modernization program across the Philippines.

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For 2019, PLDT Capex is expected to reach Php 78.4 billion, including allocations for the expansion of PLDT’s fiber broadband service, which also supports Smart’s mobile network by providing high-capacity links for cellular base stations.

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