BC Net seeks to provide Internet in remote areas nationwide

USING satellite and Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) technology, BC Net is positioned to address the low Internet penetration in the Philippines as it seeks to provide WiFi to far-flung areas.

Data show that Internet access is not available to 45 percent of all Filipinos, 74 percent of public schools, and 60 percent of households nationwide.

The Covid-19 pandemic and the recent typhoons have once again emphasized this problem with many vulnerable sectors having limited to no access to the Internet for essential use, whether for education, day-to-day transactions, or communication especially during calamities. 

In 2018, BC Net was awarded a P453 million three-year contract to install WiFi connectivity in over 3,000 sites in 20 provinces under the Free WiFi program of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to tap the huge unserved demand for wireless prepaid Internet services in these areas.

Aurora, Batanes, Camarines Sur, Guimaras, Maguindanao, Romblon, Samar, Southern Leyte, Agusan del Sur, Bohol, Catanduanes, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Eastern Samar, Marinduque, Masbate, Northern Samar, Palawan, Sorsogon, Surigao del Norte, and Kalayaan are the provinces now being served by the Internet provider.

During Typhoon Odette in December 2021, BC Net and DICT Luzon offered free ICT services to include Internet connectivity utilizing VSAT system, free charging, and free satellite phone calls for essential communications to residents of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The same services were provided in Catanduanes during Typhoon Rolly.

“We believe that every Filipino deserves to have an easy and accessible Internet connection. At BC Net, we are 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.

The company is looking to expand its coverage to ensure that remote sites in the country are granted their right to access stable Internet connection.

Aside from offering WiFi in these areas, BC Net’s core strengths include Internet connectivity to public places and private companies, Voice Over Internet Protocol or VOIP, subscription revenues from Internet customers, pre-paid WiFi cards, Internet installation contracts, sale of apps and hardware, and hosting Internet-related service demands.