WiFi internet provider BC NET eyes expanding coverage to remote areas

BC Net, which utilizes satellite and very small aperture terminals (VSAT) technology, is looking to expand its coverage in the country to reach the underserved and remote areas.

The company said it is primed to address the low internet penetration in the Philippines as it aims to provide WiFi to far-flung remote areas.

BC Net said 45 percent of all Filipinos are still without access to the internet.

Further, it said 74 percent of all public schools are not connected to the internet, and 60 percent of the households are without internet at home.

“We believe that every Filipino deserves to have an easy an accessible internet connection. At BC Net, we’re working very hard to ensure that we’re meeting the internet demands of the unserved and underserved market in the country,” said BC Net chairman Dioceldo Sy.

In 2018, BC Net won a P453 million three-year contract to install WiFi connectivity in more than 3,000 sites in 20 provinces under the Free WiFi program of the Department of Information and Communication Technology.

The 20 provinces it is currently servicing are Aurora, Batanes, Camarines Sur, Guimaras, Maguindanao, Romblon, Samar, Southern Leyte, Agusan Del Sur, Bohol, Catanduanes, Davao Del Norte, Davaor Oriental, Eastern Samar, Marinduque, Masbate, Northern Samar, Palawan, Sorsogon, Surigao Del Norte, and Kalayaan.