The holiday season is fast approaching; meaning thousands of Manila-based Filipinos will be heading to the province for a little rest and relaxation or a visit to the relatives.
While many will be heading out in their own personal cars, a good number will make the long commute via provincial buses. It makes sense because many operators now include more comfortable and convenient 'luxury' bus models, and it eliminates frustrating time spent behind the wheel in traffic.
The only issue with the bus option? Unless you plan on getting some serious shuteye, or have a good number of movies or games stored in your smartphone, you may get a bit bored. Thankfully, PLDT and the Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines (PBOAP) have partnered to equip select provincial buses with free WiFi connectivity, allowing passengers to stay glued to the internet over long cross-country drives.
"We at PLDT Enterprise are heeding the government’s call to help modernize public transportation," says PLDT Enterprise head Jovy Hernandez. "By providing improved WiFi connectivity, we are improving passengers' daily commute by giving them more options to become productive with their smartphones even while on the road, through our newest wireless broadband solution Smart Biz LTE.”
Up to 45 mobile devices may connect within the bus, browsing at speeds of up to 42MPBS. Besides the WiFi connection, said buses will also be equipped with trackers which can monitor traffic, fuel consumption, and speed. A 'Smart Cam' will also be installed to ensure safety during provincial trips.
So, are you planning to head out this holiday season via bus? If yes, check if your bus operator's vehicles are equipped with free WiFi connectivity first.