• A tech start-up company announces its plan to roll out Wi-Fi services in hundreds of sari-sari stores or small convenience stores across the country
  • This will be made possible after testing the technology in several bars and restaurants in Metro Manila
  • The project came after Wi-Fi Interactive Network won seed funding from Microsoft to use sari-sari stores as Wi-Fi hotspots by using TV White Space technology or the frequency of unused TV channels

Small convenience stores or ‘sari-sari stores’ across the country will soon offer free Wi-Fi services for its customers.

The good news came after a tech start-up company announced its plan to roll out the services in hundreds of sari-sari stores this year after testing the technology in several bars and restaurants in Metro Manila.

An article published by ABS-CBN dated June 27 mentioned that the service will soon be introduced to sari-sari stores nationwide.

Recently, Wi-Fi Interactive Network (WIN) won seed funding from Microsoft to use sari-sari stores as Wi-Fi hotspots by using TV White Space technology or the frequency of unused TV channels, the article added.

Philip Zulueta, the president and founder of Wi-Fi Interactive Network, said  the advantage of utilizing broadcast TV frequency for Wi-Fi is its capability to provide signal within 10 kilometers as compared to Wi-Fi’s range of only 600 feet.

As such, Zulueta disclosed that the service will serve beneficial to sari-sari stores because it will be bundled with products sold at the stores.

For example, if customer buys a sachet of shampoo, the purchase will come with 30-minute Wi-Fi service.

“Affordability ang issue natin sa Pilipinas, mahal ang access sa internet. So ang mga tao hindi nagda-data plan dahil mahal,” Zulueta was quoted as saying.

[Affordability is our issue in the Philippines where internet access is expensive. So people does not acquire data plan because it is costly.]

The company claimed that around 10,000 stores are expected to use the service within the next three years.