Philippine Internet speed




by Irineo B. R. Salazar

Introduction, Present Issues

The Philippines ranks 16th worldwide in terms of number of Internet users, with nearly 40 million out of a population of nearly 100 million. Many Filipinos use social media heavily. However, the Internet in the Philippines is in bad shape, being very expensive and slow. The are 9 main providers, PLDT and Globe Telecom being the largest. Complaints about the service quality and internet speed are numerous when it comes to the PLDT and Globe which are the only choice for many not in Metro Manila or nearby. . . . (click link to continue reading . . .)


42 Responses to “Philippine Internet speed”
  1. edgar lores says:

    Fiber optic cabling is assumed; wifi and microwave have been discussed; inter-island submarine cables noted. What has not been expanded upon is high throughput satellite technology. This medium is ideal for rural and remote areas of which the Philippines has plenty.

    Should satellite broadband be the fourth leg of our Internet strategy? What is the capacity of one satellite? How many satellites would be needed for complete coverage of the archipelago?

    Australia just launched one satellite, Sky Muster, this morning, expected to deliver speeds of 25Mbps. A second satellite is slated next year.

  2. Welcome, Karl… thanks for nudging me to write this for the Society as well.

    Joe, many thanks for this double feature – I will suggest the same approach to Raissa. It is important that concerned citizens get an understanding of what this is all about in a quick manner. And reading Mary’s recent postings makes me see that it is not just a problem of the provinces.

    Edgar, satellites of course are perfect but expensive, you don’t have to launch them yourself of course but you pay for it. Tethered balloons with transponder and receiver are an alternative.

    • NHerrera says:

      Are these ideas of drones, satellites, balloons along the lines of Zuckerberg’s or Google’s internet service concepts? What is the current status of these companies’ projects? Viability or disadvantage to our poor not now connected? One immediate disadvantage I can see is that websites available through Zuckerberg’s or Google’s internet service may be limited to one’s that may enhance the company’s profit, a reasonable thought considering they are putting up the infrastructure. Of course, one may say — beggars cannot be choosers.

      • At the local level, I am amused by the Romanian neighborhood networks which managed to become faster than American Internet – using methods similar to the way their gypsies get electricity just more legit, but with cables on masts in the air and everything.

        The same kind of ingenuity and talent for improvisation exists in the Philippines, why not tap it instead of always relying on the big guys. Give me two weeks and Binay’s cake eaters all have DSL fiber optics, kahit nakasabit lang kung saan-saan ang wiring.

        • NHerrera says:

          Now we are talking. Irineo, you can be the metaphorical AlDub of internet service — so the Filipinos not unknown for their creativity, once fired with an idea can act on it. Especially if their is a profit incentive associated with it? Perhaps DOTC(?) can lend a hand or at least an ear? But there will be a blocking force — Globe and PLDT?

          • Such a thing could be handled similar to the way jeepneys and tricycles manage their businesses – there are those who handle the capital outlay of buying stuff and individual enterpreneurs working on a “boundary” type system.

            Kapitalistang bibili ng mga equipment at wiring, tapos iyong magtatayo ng neighborhood network nakakabit lahat sa isang mini-exchange, sila na ang mag-cha-charge sa kanilang mga end customers. “Boundary” lang ang sisingilin ng kapitalista sa kanila, siya na rin ang gagawa ng koneksiyon sa Internet Exchange at bibili ng koneksiyon sa mga main network. Just a few groups like that in cities and you have the connected in no time. Islands could be connected by simple tethered balloons with antennas, line of sight to other islands.

    • edgar lores says:

      From the news:

      Weighing nearly 6400 kilograms and as big as an African elephant, Sky Muster is one of the world’s largest communications satellites.

      The satellite is worth around $500 million and NBN’s satellite program is set to cost $2 billion in total, including the base stations. This is to service just three per cent of NBN users, making satellite far more expensive than the other parts of the NBN rollout: fiber, fixed wireless and cable.

      Note: The satellite leg is expensive because it will service just 3% of NBN users. In the Philippines, the satellite customer base will be larger, servicing outlying islands.

      At today’s exhange rate of P33 to A$1, A$2 billion is equivalent to P60B. The 2015 budget for Transport and Communication is P69B.

      Still a fiber optic and submarine cable approach might still cost less… considering that multiple satellites might be required.

    • Thanks, Ireneo. Great article, I know more know about the Internet.

      If satellites are still too expensive ( and vulnerable from Chinese sabotage ), I hope a local industry, much like your Romanian story, sprouts to satiate this demand. But how likely is that? Aren’t the two main telcos essentially monopolies?

  3. andrewlim8 says:

    Now this is the way to discuss things, the Society of Honor way! Detailed, straightforward and credible. Now if we can only get that Senadora to be more detailed in her 20 point program like this…

  4. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Why is the Senate NOT investigating PLDT and Globe? Why is PCIJ and Philippine Media not doing also?
    ANSWER: Because PLDT and Globe are run by the Mestizo Class, the carrier of Colonial Mentality. They are thought of as the only HONEST race in the Philippines. If they look Chinese to anyone because they are dummies. The real owner are the stockholders. Check the stockholder list and you will see the Mestizo ex-colonizer and current colonizer.

    TRILLANES and CAYETANO incluidng PCIJ and Philippine Media are afraid of the only HONEST race in the Philippines. The REAL nog-nog browned-skin Filipinos are the posterboys of corruption. TRILLANES nad CAYETANO see to it that nog-nog browned-skin Filipino commoners will never and can never stand on their feet.

    That is why Filipinos and I have given up hope.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      When Marcos declared Martial Law, Marcos saw to it that everybody got the message:

      He round up that Chinese drug dealer. Shotted him before firing squad on live TV. From then on no more Drugs just like Lee Kuan Yew.

      So, Trillanes and Cayetano and PCIJ and Philippine Media …. SHOW US LIKE YOU MEAN IT. Take the horn from the bull.

  5. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Who was it who said “TIME IS MONEY”.
    If they steal TIME from you, they are stealing your MONEY !!!
    Internet Speed is Time. Time is Money.
    Therefore, Money is stolen thru slow Internet speed.
    Instead, Trillanes&Cayetano et al focused their slow brain on Parking that they cannot tie the money to Binay. VERY SLOW INDEED. I am not saying we have to give Binay out-of-jail card. What I am saying, Trillanes&Cayetano should also investigate the money stolen from internet speed.

    Philippines is now in Guiness Book of Record. Metro Manila has the worst traffic on earth !!! Another money stolened and nobody knows about it. What Filipinos lack in money they have more time to sit it out in their drive home.

  6. PLDT seems to have some cash to spare:

    Rocket Internet may sound hopeful at first, but it is not – read the article for more.

  7. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Which is faster Philippine Internet or Traffic at EDSA?

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