Monday, May 6, 2024

Converge launches free wifi at OFW Lounge in NAIA 1


NAIA Terminal 1 OFW Lounge opened this January, offering a place for OFWs to stay and relax while waiting for their flights. Converge extended its free wifi to the lounge in time for the opening

In an effort to improve their digital experience at the Philippines' transit hubs, leading fiber broadband provider Converge is offering free, fiber-fast connectivity to thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), who will be served by the OFW lounge in NAIA Terminal 1.

Dedicated to the nation's modern-day heroes, the OFW lounge opened its doors in January 2024 and offers 500 Mbps upload and download speeds thanks to Converge's connectivity. It is a modern, peaceful space.

“We laud this project of the House of Representatives, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), and Manila International Airport Authority (MIIA) to provide a designated place for our hard-working kababayans while they await their flights. To contribute to this effort, we have provided our fiber broadband connectivity for their use for 2 hours. If they are a Converge FiberX or Surf2Sawa subscriber, they have an additional 6 hours of internet access,” said Converge Chief Sustainability Officer Benjamin Azada. 

The OFW passengers may log on to the Converge landing page then enjoy complimentary internet access. A separate page will appear for existing Converge subscribers, and they may further avail of additional hours of connectivity. 

According to the Manila International Airport Authority or MIAA, OFW lounges in other terminals are being considered. 

Free food and beverages are offered at the lounge. 

This free wifi project is aligned with the company’s fourth pillar in its Sustainability Agenda, Creating Positive Community Impact. Further, according to Azada, efforts such as these dovetails with Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028 (specifically the strategies of Reinvigorating Services and Enhanced Connectivity) two very relevant  outcomes are: (1) enhancing inter-sectoral linkages through increasing internet speed, coverage, and network, and (2) seamless and inclusive connectivity by addressing universal mobility and connectivity needs. 

“We are proud to be a partner of the government in providing free wifi in public spaces, including this latest facility in NAIA Terminal 1. Our OFWs deserve no less than this seamless, high-quality connectivity to keep them connected to their loved ones and their employers abroad,” added Converge CEO and Co-Founder Dennis Anthony Uy. 

Converge recently completed the roll-out of its Free WIFI project in all terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Eight more airports nationwide are slated to be powered up with Converge fiber broadband in the next several months. 

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