Wifi service in UP Cebu
The Computer Services Unit (CSU) of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu is studying to improve the Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) services of the university.
CSU head Prof. Jason Nieva and Information Systems Analyst Gertrudes Carcallas are studying the drafting the proposal to improve the WiFi services in UP Cebu to answer to some of the students’ complaints regarding the services.
Each semester, the administration collects P260 from every student for Internet usage. All undergraduate students pay the same amount except those who are categorized in Bracket E of the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP).
The Internet fee covers the use of the Teaching and Learning Resource Center (TLRC) and the WiFi service. To access the WiFi in school, one must have an account. To get an account, students may apply at the CSU.
The WiFi service at UP Cebu was launched in the second semester of 2007. It was only in 2008 that it became stable.
According to Nieva, the officer-in-charge of the CSU, they are now studying proposals to improve the Wifi service in the campus. For one, they are thinking that instead of going to the CSU to get an account, students may course their request through their respective cluster clerks.
In the current system, one student is entitled to an account to be used in one device only. The CSU is now considering allowing students to register multiple devices or get multiple accounts. However, this proposal, if implemented, entails an additional fee.
Another idea that the CSU is studying is the possibility of selling “refillers” for those who exceed the bandwidth (the measure of available or consumed data communication resources). A “refiller” is similar to that of a prepaid card load wherein you have to pay to get more data for consumption.
In the current system, according to Nieva, officials and administrators have unlimited bandwidth; the faculty has a higher bandwidth than the students, and the staff have a lower bandwidth than the students. The exact differences were not disclosed.
According to Nieva, the proposals are still at the CSU level. They are still studying and improving the proposals as their previous proposals were not approved by the administration.
(Contributed by Liezyl Anne Gomez and Jose Santino Bunachita, UP Cebu Masscomm Students)