Smart Opens 'Wireless Laboratory' for Engineering Schools in Bulacan

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Smart Opens 'Wireless Laboratory' for Engineering Schools in Bulacan


Byline: LYNDA B. VALENCIA

MALOLOS, Bulacan The countrys largest mobile phone company, with more than nine million subscribers, has initiated a program to help improve electronics and communications engineering (ECE) education by setting up wireless laboratories in various schools designed to give students hands-on experience with mobile telephony equipment.

The first such facility was inaugurated recently at the Bulacan State University (BSU) here.

Through this program, Smart hopes to help raise the standard of ECE education. This will benefit Smart the industry, the schools, its students and the country, said Napoleon L. Nazareno. Smart President and CEO, at the inauguration of the first Smart Wireless Laboratory.

Nazareno came with Ramoncito S. Fernandez, head of the Administration, Materials & Management Department, Rolando G. Pena, Network Services Division head, and Ramon R. Isberto, Public Affairs head.

Also present were Dr. Rosario Pimentel, BSU President; Mariano de Jesus, Executive vice president; Pacifico Aniag, provincial board member who represented Bulacan Governor Josefina dela Cruz.

With Wireless Laboratory project is an example of the kind of industry-academe partnership that Smart wants to promote. This arrangement is mutually beneficial and takes full advantage of the strengths and resources of both parties.

The program consists of two parts. The first is the wireless lab which houses various pieces of equipment from Smarts analog network such as radio cabinets, Orectifier units, a battery bank, antennas and a computer control console.

The facility also contains a working GSM cell site that will not only provide additional coverage for the campus but can also be used as part of an on-the-job training program for students.

How can this be used for teaching purposes? Smart engineers say it is simply much easier for students to appreciate what they are doing in class if they get a chance to see, touch and manipulate the equipment systems they are supposed to be learning about.

The wireless laboratory here will give the students of BSU a chance to do precisely . Nazareno said.

The second is an education program under which Smart will periodically deploy its engineers to provide lectures and make presentations on various topics such as introduction to GSM technology, general packet radio services (GPRS), short messaging services (SMS) and multimedia message services (MMS).

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