Four months ago, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced its plan to install free Wi-Fi hotspots in public places throughout the country.

On July 24, 2015, the agency will officially launch the program during the celebration of the National Science and Technology Week. Five pilot areas will receive the free Wi-Fi hotspots first – four in Quezon City and the Rizal Park.

Rizal Park Free Wi-Fi
Rightfully, the Rizal Park is one of the areas to be installed with a free public Wi-Fi hotspot.

Few days before the official launching, the free Wi-Fi hotspot in the Quezon City Circle is already up and running even before the official launch date. Based on those who’ve already tried the service, it can reach up to a whooping 13Mbps download and 7 Mbps upload!

Of course, the more people connects to these Wi-Fi hotspots, the slower it gets. Also, each user is limited to 50MB of data. After reaching this presumable daily limit, your internet connection speed will be throttled down.

Here are the pilot areas of DOST’s Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Program:

  • Quezon City Memorial Circle
  • Quezon City Hall
  • Philippine Coconut Authority Building
  • Social Security System Building in LTO
  • and the Rizal Park

Lastly, we are joining other bloggers and media sites in reminding the public to be extra careful when using their gadgets in these public places.