ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Philippine Internet: Pay More For Less

Updated on May 19, 2016

In 2011, the United Nations declared that access to the Internet was a basic human right. That sounds like a bit far-fetched, but is how things have changed since it began becoming popular in 1994. Back then, it was difficult to send an email with a photo attached or document. Back then, the Web was just a little kid, a novelty whose door opened up another world into the unseen. It was amazing. But, it’s come a long way, baby, since then.

The Philippines first connected its Internet in 1994 via Sprint in the USA. This link was 64 kbps. In 1995, the country allowed the general public access. Today, the country averages 5 Mbps for $40, or 2000 peso a month. But, the average real speed is 2.5 Mbps. This makes it nearly the worst Internet for the money in the world (there is India, Afghanistan, that are worse).

While there are over 10 Internet providers for the 7000 islands, many of them subsidiaries or owned by a few major companies like, Globe, Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), which are covering major urban areas. For instance, Smart ISP is owned by PLDT, and Bayan ISP is owned by Globe. These are major players and the small ISPs need to access their infrastructure to complete the connection, all for a fee. According to industry data, the Philippines’ TD-LTE network is one of the largest deployments in Asia Pacific with over 200 base stations and an allocated bandwidth of 100 megabits per second (Mbps), which began in 2013.

When Telstra, the Australian ISP giant, wanted to join with San Miguel Corporation, the Philippines biggest employer, to bring fast Internet after spending billions of dollars over 4 years, the deal fell through because of PLDT and Globe ISP, which dominate the market. The two ISPs’ stores across the country that rely on the foot traffic and income generated by selling Globe and PLDT SIM cards would ban San Miguel's telco products. Their cell tower sites would be locked up for use, preventing any sharing of resources to Telstra. Both, Globe and PLDT planned court battles throughout the land in an effort to stop San Miguel/Telstra from using its spectrum assets, without which the broadband would cease to flow. Besides, these blocking tactics by Globe and PLDT, Telstra knew of the corruption within the Philippines and had the deal gone through, hoped for the best. It was willing to take a chance to improve Internet in the Philippines. PLDT also blocked San Miguel allocated bandwidth when it wanted to enter the Internet market as an ISP. San Miguel was assigned 90% of an “attractive,” available 700 megahertz spectrum, yet because of PLDT, it was tied up in court.

PLDT and Globe are major players for ISP. PLDT is the worse. They continue to refuse to have and allow IP Peering, which would greatly improve the overall speed across the country because it shares routing and data through its infrastructure. Since it is a major player, much of the country’s Internet uses it. Globe is very protective of its Internet resources that many small ISPs need to function. These smaller ISPs pay Globe for the access. But even these ISP players face long delays in getting a myriad of federal and local permits just to build a tower. It takes many months for the slow process and then the land must be secured and so on.

Perhaps, the new president, Duterte, will be forceful and demand the numerous roadblocks to faster Internet are eliminated and force the major players to cooperate for the good of the country. Until then, it remains one of the worst values.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)