Smart provides connectivity in 250 McDonald’s classrooms nationwide


Building on the success of their partnership last year, leading mobile service provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) once again supports McDonald’s Philippines in its initiative to transform 250 unused party rooms in select branches into McDonald’s classrooms – safe spaces and peace of mind where teachers and students can conduct their virtual lessons and meet their online learning needs.

To ensure they can connect to the fast and reliable internet for their e-learning, Smart has delivered Smart Bro Prepaid Pocket WiFi Advance Kits for use in all participating McDonald’s classrooms across the country. This year’s program also adds another 200 branches to last year’s figure to cater to more users.

Powered by Smart Bro Prepaid Pocket WiFi Advance, teachers and students can enjoy twice the speed of regular Pocket WiFi LTE devices thanks to a feature called Carrier Aggregation, which allows the device to combine multiple signals from different cellular sites for much faster service and reliable connection. The device also connects up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices for easier sharing and worry-free browsing between multiple users.

Extended until December 3rd

Started last October 11, McDonald’s Classrooms will run until December 3 to cater to fully vaccinated teachers and students aged 18 and over.

To ensure the safety of users, only two teachers or students can use the free service in two available time slots: from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday. Each user must also book a slot at the participating branches. To learn more about McDonald’s Classrooms guidelines, visit

“We are grateful to Smart for their continued support of our McDonald’s Classroom initiative. Through Smart’s provision of Pocket WiFi, we are able to better serve and equip teachers and students with their distance learning, “said Oliver Rabatan, Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Channels, McDonald’s Philippines.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with McDonald’s Philippines in this initiative to create favorable spaces for teachers and students. This is just one of the many community programs we have been happy to support, especially in these difficult times for educators and students. As we move to a hybrid work and learning setup, we will continue to look for other ways to provide Filipinos with world-class connectivity to power their daily activities at work or school, “said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business in Smart.

The smart McDonald's classroom

From Ilocos to General Santos

McDonald’s Smart classes are now available in select stores in Metro Manila, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Albay, Aklan, Bataan, Batangas, Bohol, Bulacan, Camarines Sur, Cagayan de Oro, Capiz, Catanduanes, Cavite, Cebu, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, General Santos, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Iloilo.

There are also McDonald’s classes participating in Laguna, La Union, Masbate, Misamis Oriental, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Nueva Ecija, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Rizal, Surigao del Norte, Tarlac, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.

The fastest mobile network in the Philippines

Smart Bro Prepaid Pocket WiFi Advance users nationwide can conveniently manage their device by connecting it to the GigaLife app, downloadable on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Through the app, users can easily control data usage, earn exclusive rewards, and access the most comprehensive list of data promotions, including Unli Data 499, which includes unlimited data for an unlimited worry-free experience. online lessons and other data heavy activities for valid for 30 days for Php499 only.

Smart Bro Prepaid Pocket WiFi Advance is powered by Smart, the fastest mobile network in the country for the fourth consecutive year according to Ookla®, the world leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence. Ookla also recently declared Smart as the fastest 5G mobile network in the Philippines with an average download speed that is twice as fast as the competition.

Independent mobile analytics firm Opensignal also recently awarded Smart seven awards in its first 5G experience report for the Philippines. It declared Smart the overall winner in five of the seven categories – 5G Availability, 5G Download Speed, 5G Upload Speed, 5G Video Experience, and 5G Game Experience – and a joint winner in the remaining two categories – 5G Reach and 5G Voice App Experience.

Find out more about Smart promotions and services by following Smart’s official accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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