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Fiber, DSL: These are both line broadband. That means that you are connected to the internet via a cable which can be either fiber-optic (= Fiber) or copper (= DSL). These cables must be installed in your area and your building/apartment must be connected for you to be able to take advantage of it. The advantage of Fiber and DSL is the stability of their connection and download speeds. The disadvantage as of now is their availability. Both offer stable, fast connections though fiber can reach higher speeds.
LTE broadband: This lets you go online via mobile networks, the same way you do with your cell phone. This is why accessibility is a advantage of LTE broadband as mobile networks are much more widespread and easier to expand than lines. The LTE routers are optimized for indoor use so you will have better reception and download speeds compared to your cellphone. However, the disadvantage of LTE broadband lies in its vulnerability to outside interference. Weather can affect the entire network and cause limited speeds. Furthermore, current mobile networks are not strong enough to deal with the entire demand and can lead to limited connection speeds.
In order to get online with a line internet plan (Fiber/DSL), you will need access to:
Broadband plans across all providers are built around 4 central elements, whether its PLDT, Globe, Sky or Converge. These core components - download speeds, volumes, lock-in periods and of course the price - can be used to compare the plans.
Broadband providers will make trade-offs between these elements and the price you must pay. High speeds with large or unlimited data volumes and short lock-in periods will be the most expensive. However, if you are willing to accept lower speeds, volumes or both, you will pay less.
So, knowing what you need can help save you a lot of money! Whether a you need an unlimited internet plan will depend on how long you access the internet every day/week/month and what you do online. We recommend to visit our guides. They can help you understand more and find out which plans to focus on. For example, if you are out of house for a long time every day and your online activities do not involve video streaming, chances are high that you do not need unlimited data!
The broadband market in the Philippines is still growing. As of now not all areas are covered, but the telcos continue to roll out more lines and make these line-based internet accesses more available. Finding out whether you have access to Fiber or DSL internet can be quite difficult at the moment. In most cases you have to apply to the provider you wish to sign up with and they will check in their data base. However, Globe for example is introducing an online feature which will tell you based on your location whether a certain plan is available. This will soon be available by most providers. With that comparing broadband plans will become much easier and help you save money!