KT chairman Hwang Chang-kyu (first from right) is explaining KT's ICT solutions applied to Baekryong Giga Island to Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr.(second from left), acting secretary of the Philippine Department of Information and Communications Technology.
KT has proposed to the Philippine government a project titled "Smart Boracay" to transform the world-famous tourist destination into a more secure and mobile Internet-friendly island through information and communication technology (ICT) solutions.
KT announced on June 6 that KT executives including chairman Hwang Chang-kyu discussed ways to develop ICT in the Philippines with Philippine government officials including acting secretary of the Philippine Department of Information and Communications Technology on June 5.
President Hwang introduced KT’s innovative solutions based on ICT such as smart energy and security. In conjunction with this project, the Korean telecom giant proposed the Smart Boracay project to apply ICT solutions to the tourist attraction in connection with a project to restore the environment of the island for six months.
Located in the middle of the Philippines, Boracay is a world-class tourist destination that attracts nearly two million people annually. The Philippine government has shut down the island since the end of April to protect the island for six months to recover the environment of Boracay damaged by tourists. To restore the Boracay, the Philippine government is carrying out reconstruction projects such as removing illegal buildings, improving water and sewage systems and supplementing telecommunication and electric facilities.
KT hopes that Korea's advanced ICT innovation technology will be used to make an improvement to Boracay. Public WiFi systems and intelligent CCTVs at the port will enable visitors to enjoy using mobile internet services more conveniently and travel more safely. KT also proposed ways to utilize solar energy and KT's smart energy solution KT-MEG.