Published: March 7, 2018 | Updated: October 8, 2020 | Posted by: Mayee Gonzales | Lifestyle
Affordable and reliable internet connection is yet to come in the Philippines.
In the latest Akamai State of the Internet Report, the Philippines remains as one of the countries with slowest internet connection speeds in the Asia Pacific. On a global perspective, the country is 100th on the list with an average speed of only 5 Mbps per second. India is 89th on the list (6.5 Mbps) while Indonesia comes relatively close at 7.5 Mbps.
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There are several reasons why internet connection is slow and expensive in the Philippines. One is the country’s topography. With more than 7,107 islands, putting up an interconnected and stable network infrastructure requires a huge investment from local providers. Add to that the costs of maintenance to ensure the reliability of their service.
Lack of competition is a major reason as well. At present, there are 14 internet service providers in the Philippines but not all of them cater to homes and businesses. PLDT, Globe, and Skycable are the leading internet service providers that cater to both residential and commercial establishments.
Indeed, as Jack Ma stated in his previous visit, internet in the Philippines is ‘no good.’ However, here comes a new provider that promises internet connection speeds of 20 Mbps and up for a minimum price of PHP 1,500.
Launched in 2016, Converge is the newest internet service provider in the Philippines. Who is this company and what do they offer? Learn more about this industry rookie in our infographic below.
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