Thursday, June 01, 2006

Globequest expands Wi-Fi reach

GlobeQUEST, the corporate business group of Innove Communications, has embarked on an aggressive rollout of Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) service in key areas nationwide even as it has established four domestic and international roaming partnerships that would allow seamless Internet connectivity to business travelers in the country and abroad.

“Innove’s vision is to bring the Filipinos to the broadband age. To support this, GlobeQUEST provides broadband facilities like Wi-Fi to major key establishments where people converge for business, as well as promote Wi-Fi as a strategic tool for education, local government projects, product advertisements, and foreign ventures, among others,” said Jesus C. Romero, GlobeQUEST head.

Given this, GlobeQUEST has expanded to provide coverage not only in Metro Manila but to 13 provinces in the country, namely Cebu, Davao, Bohol, Bacolod, Tacloban, Pampanga, General Santos, Baguio, Olongapo, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, and Ormoc.

To-date, GlobeQUEST has 275 Wireless Internet Zone (WiZ) hotspots and Romero is confident that they would reach the 500 mark by year-end.

As a commitment to service quality, Romero said GlobeQUEST sees to it that the best possible coverage will be established prior to a joint certification with the hotspot partners, leaving the establishment accessible to WiZ and ready to use by its customers, ready to sell, and ready to market. In line with this, he said WIZ only uses carrier grade equipment in its hotspots and in the back-end support systems and is fully managed and monitored 7x24x365.

GlobeQUEST WiZ is also the first public Wi-Fi hotspot service in the Philippines to use the Wi-Fi mesh architecture.

GlobeQUEST’s newest WiZ hotspots include Mezze at Greenbelt 2, Outback Steakhouse at Glorietta 4, McDonalds at Jones Ave. (Cebu City), Casino Espanol (Cebu City), L’Fisher Hotel (Bacolod City), and McCafe, Glorietta 3. It has also reached an agreement with Starbucks to expand its coverage from a current installed base of 32 in-store hotspots to potentially all of its existing coffee shops.

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