Cebu City to boost wi-fi signals in all brgys

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The Management Information and Computer System (MICS) of the Cebu City Government has set side P80 million to improve cellphone signals and mobile data in all its 80 barangays.

Councilor Jaypee Labella II, chair of the Committee on Information and Communications Technology, said the move will fix the wi-fi dead spots throughout the city, especially in the mountain barangays, and will help improve the economic activities, education and job-creation projects of the city in line with Mayor Michael Rama’s vision for the city to become more like Singapore.

The funds will be used to purchase Next Generation Network (NGN), which MICS will install near the barangay halls. (

According to Labella, the project will benefit many people because the wi-fi signal can travel up to 100 kilometers.

“We noticed that there are many dead spots in the mountain barangays. This (wi-fi signal) is important so that our disaster management personnel can easily contact the barangay in the event of disaster,” the councilor said.

There are no signals in the mountain barangays of Paril, Mabini, Agsungot, Lusaran, Tagbao, Tabunan, Pung-ol, Sinsin, Adlaon, Sirao, Taptap, and adjacent areas in Cebu City’s north district.

Labella said the city government expects to begin work on the project in the second quarter of this year, following the completion of public bidding in the coming weeks or months.

He added that they will prioritize installing wi-fi in mountain barangays before moving on to lowland areas.