PROBE 'SLOW, EXPENSIVE' INTERNET IN THE PHL - BAM AQUINO

Senator Bam Aquino is calling for an investigation to find out why other Southeast Asian nations enjoy faster and cheaper Internet speed while the Philippines bear the brunt of slow connection. The neophyte lawmaker made his call after the local media reported that the Philippines is among the countries with the slowest internet connection in the region. The reports cited an infographic from ASEAN DNA, which claimed that the Philippines (3.6 megabytes per second) lags behind Laos (4.0 Mbps), Indonesia (4.1 Mbps), Myanmar and Brunei (4.9 Mbps), Malaysia (5.5 Mbps) and Cambodia (5.7 Mbps). Other countries mentioned in the report include Vietnam (13.1) and Thailand (17.7), the only two other Southeast Asian countries joining Singapore (61.0) as those above the regional average of 12.4 Mbps. Aquino said he wants to determine if Filipino consumers are indeed getting their money's worth from Internet service being provided by local telecommunication companies. "There are constant complaints about the provider's failure to deliver on its promised connection speed, which usually leads to slow Internet link," he said. The senator pointed out that on the average, local consumers spend around P1,000 a month for Internet service with speeds of up to two megabytes per second (MBPS) or about P2,000 for up to five MBPS.

ALSO: PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia

Despite being regarded as the social media capital of the world, the Philippines has the slowest internet speed in the entire Southeast Asian region and is ranked 158th out of 190 countries worldwide. According to the Net Index (www.netindex.com) rankings by internet broadband testing company Ookla, Philippines has an average speed of 3.54 Megabits per second (Mbps).
In comparison, Hong Kong has 77 Mbps putting it first in the world, while the Philippines’ Southeast Asian neighbor Singapore is second with 65 Mbps as of the April 2014 rankings.
Thailand has an average speed of 17.92 Mbps (48th worldwide), Vietnam has 13 Mbps (61st), Cambodia has 5.74 Mbps (116th), Malaysia has 5.4 Mbps (122nd), Brunei has 5.3 Mbps (125th), Myanmar has 5.22 Mbps (127th), Laos has 4.33 Mbps (143rd), and Indonesia has 4.19 mbps (148th). Ookla says in its website that it creates the rankings through its NetMetrics Database that obtains network test “of internet, mobile, fiber, and even satellite network.” The Net Index rankings is “powered by billions of aggregated NetMetrics data and is a free and powerful advocate we created to help the global Internet computing community get the most from their broadband provider and enhance their connected lifestyle,” Ookla said.

ALSO: PLDT spends $44.8 M to offer high-speed wireless broadband

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), the country's biggest telecommunication firm, said Thursday it has spent 2 billion pesos (44.82 million U.S. dollars) to deploy a technology that enables high-speed wireless broadband services. PLDT said in a statement that it has rolled out the country's first Time-Division Duplex-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE). TD-LTE is one of the two wireless data transmission technologies that fall under the international standard of LTE, the other being Frequency- Division Duplex (LTE-FDD) which is used by mobile networks. "We are using LTE-FDD for our mobile networks and TD-LTE for fixed wireless broadband services running on separate frequency bands," said PLDT Technology Group Head Rolando Pena. PLDT said this will "transform" Philippine consumers' Internet experience as this would give them ready access to multimedia services. "With maximum speeds per individual user of up to 42 Mbps, the ultra-fast TD-LTE is almost six times faster than WiMax and 21 times speedier than Canopy, and can serve more customers than both, " said Pena. The company said it has built TD-LTE sites from Cagayan province in northern Philippines to Davao del Sur in southern Philippines to complement efforts to broadband the entire country via fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and Next Generation Network (NGN) services. READ MORE...

ABOUT: Internet in the Philippines

The Internet in the Philippines has been undergoing development since it was first made available in 1994. As of September 30, 2011, more than 30,000,000 people use the internet in the country accounting for 33% of the total population. The top-level domain of the country is .ph The Internet first made its connection to the Philippines on March 29, 1994. On that date the Philippine Network Foundation (PHNet) connected the country and its people to Sprint in the United States via a 64 kbit/s link. A year after the connection, The Public Telecommunications Act of the Philippines was made into law. Securing a Franchise is now optional for value-added service providers. This law enabled many other organizations to establish connections to the Internet, such as to create Web sites and having their own Internet services or providing Internet service and access to other groups and individuals. These developments are very significant for the country's Internet sector. READ MORE...


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Probe 'slow, expensive' internet in Phl - Bam Aquino

MANILA, APRIL 28, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Louis Bacani — Senator Bam Aquino is calling for an investigation to find out why other Southeast Asian nations enjoy faster and cheaper Internet speed while the Philippines bear the brunt of slow connection.

The neophyte lawmaker made his call after the local media reported that the Philippines is among the countries with the slowest internet connection in the region.

The reports cited an infographic from ASEAN DNA, which claimed that the Philippines (3.6 megabytes per second) lags behind Laos (4.0 Mbps), Indonesia (4.1 Mbps), Myanmar and Brunei (4.9 Mbps), Malaysia (5.5 Mbps) and Cambodia (5.7 Mbps).

Other countries mentioned in the report include Vietnam (13.1) and Thailand (17.7), the only two other Southeast Asian countries joining Singapore (61.0) as those above the regional average of 12.4 Mbps.

Aquino said he wants to determine if Filipino consumers are indeed getting their money's worth from Internet service being provided by local telecommunication companies.

"There are constant complaints about the provider's failure to deliver on its promised connection speed, which usually leads to slow Internet link," he said.

The senator pointed out that on the average, local consumers spend around P1,000 a month for Internet service with speeds of up to two megabytes per second (MBPS) or about P2,000 for up to five MBPS.

But in Singapore, Aquino said the largest telecommunications company offers 15 Mbps of Internet speed for 36.90 Singapore dollars or around P1,312 a month. In Thailand, 799 baht or P1,100 could give consumers 12 Mbps of connection.

"This is expensive compared to Singapore and Thailand where we can find some of the fastest Internet connections in the world," Aquino said.

He added that the Senate probe should find ways on how to improve the country's poor Internet connection.

"Do we always have to pay a steep price for slow and sometimes unreliable Internet connection? [The National Telecommunications Commission] should provide a logical and clear explanation on this," Aquino said.

FROM THE INQUIRER

PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia By Matikas Santos INQUIRER.net
10:48 am | Monday, April 21st, 2014


AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Despite being regarded as the social media capital of the world, the Philippines has the slowest internet speed in the entire Southeast Asian region and is ranked 158th out of 190 countries worldwide.

According to the Net Index (www.netindex.com) rankings by internet broadband testing company Ookla, Philippines has an average speed of 3.54 Megabits per second (Mbps).

In comparison, Hong Kong has 77 Mbps putting it first in the world, while the Philippines’ Southeast Asian neighbor Singapore is second with 65 Mbps as of the April 2014 rankings.

Thailand has an average speed of 17.92 Mbps (48th worldwide), Vietnam has 13 Mbps (61st), Cambodia has 5.74 Mbps (116th), Malaysia has 5.4 Mbps (122nd), Brunei has 5.3 Mbps (125th), Myanmar has 5.22 Mbps (127th), Laos has 4.33 Mbps (143rd), and Indonesia has 4.19 mbps (148th).

Ookla says in its website that it creates the rankings through its NetMetrics Database that obtains network test “of internet, mobile, fiber, and even satellite network.”

The Net Index rankings is “powered by billions of aggregated NetMetrics data and is a free and powerful advocate we created to help the global Internet computing community get the most from their broadband provider and enhance their connected lifestyle,” Ookla said.

Other Asian countries that rank within the top 50 are South Korea which has an average speed of 52.9Mbps (4th), Japan with 41.1 Mbps (9th), and China with 19.04 Mbps (45th).

Western countries mostly also rank within the top 50 such as Great Britain which has 27 Mbps (23th), the United States with 23 Mbps (34th), and France with 33.9 Mbps (17th).

Slowest countries

The Philippines is slightly slower than Central American countries Guatemala which has an average speed of 3.7 Mbps (155th) and Honduras which has 3.8 Mbps (154th).

The Philippines is ahead in the rankings compared to South American countries Paraguay which has speeds of 3.42 Mbps (160th) and Bolivia which has 2.06 Mbps (177th).

At the bottom of the rankings are Syria with 1.57 Mbps (181st), Cuba with 1.54 Mbps (182nd), and African countries Burkina Faso with 0.8 Mbps (189th) and Niger 0.78 Mbps (190th)

Ookla says in its website that their broadband testing methodologies and software are used by a wide range of Internet Service Provider in the world.

“Ookla solutions have been adopted by nearly every Internet Service Provider in the world, and have been translated into over 30 languages for use by thousands of small businesses, federal and state governments, universities and major organizations such as AT&T, BBC, Cisco, Comcast, FCC, Reuters, Time Warner, Verizon, Vodafone and Vonage,” it said.

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PLDT spends $44.8 M to offer high-speed wireless broadband (philstar.com) | Updated April 24, 2014 - 5:47pm 11 306 googleplus0 1


A building of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT). STAR file

MANILA, April 24 (Xinhua) — Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), the country's biggest telecommunication firm, said Thursday it has spent 2 billion pesos (44.82 million U.S. dollars) to deploy a technology that enables high-speed wireless broadband services.

PLDT said in a statement that it has rolled out the country's first Time-Division Duplex-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE). TD-LTE is one of the two wireless data transmission technologies that fall under the international standard of LTE, the other being Frequency- Division Duplex (LTE-FDD) which is used by mobile networks.

"We are using LTE-FDD for our mobile networks and TD-LTE for fixed wireless broadband services running on separate frequency bands," said PLDT Technology Group Head Rolando Pena.

PLDT said this will "transform" Philippine consumers' Internet experience as this would give them ready access to multimedia services.

"With maximum speeds per individual user of up to 42 Mbps, the ultra-fast TD-LTE is almost six times faster than WiMax and 21 times speedier than Canopy, and can serve more customers than both, " said Pena.

The company said it has built TD-LTE sites from Cagayan province in northern Philippines to Davao del Sur in southern Philippines to complement efforts to broadband the entire country via fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and Next Generation Network (NGN) services.

PLDT said it will build more TD-LTE sites this year to reach the most remote areas of the country.

Previous reports have shown that the Philippines lags behind its Asian neighbors in terms of Internet speed.

For instance, ASEAN DNA said Internet speed in the Philippines averages 3.6 megabytes per second (Mbps), slower than the four Mbps offered in Laos, 4.1 Mbps in Indonesia, 4.9 Mbps in Myanmar and Brunei, 5.5 Mbps in Malaysia and 5.7 Mbps in Cambodia.

Internet broadband testing firm Ookla also said the country's Internet speed is considerably slower when compared to South Korea 's 52.95 Mbps, Japan's 41.18 Mbps, and China's 19.04 Mbps.

This prompted a Philippine senator to seek an investigation into the Internet service provided by local telecommunication firms.

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ABOUT: Internet in the Philippines From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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The Internet in the Philippines has been undergoing development since it was first made available in 1994. As of September 30, 2011, more than 30,000,000 people use the internet in the country accounting for 33% of the total population. The top-level domain of the country is .ph

History
The Internet first made its connection to the Philippines on March 29, 1994. On that date the Philippine Network Foundation (PHNet) connected the country and its people to Sprint in the United States via a 64 kbit/s link.

A year after the connection, The Public Telecommunications Act of the Philippines was made into law. Securing a Franchise is now optional for value-added service providers.

This law enabled many other organizations to establish connections to the Internet, such as to create Web sites and having their own Internet services or providing Internet service and access to other groups and individuals. These developments are very significant for the country's Internet sector.

However the growth of the Internet in the Philippines was hindered by many obstacles including unequal distribution of Internet infrastructure throughout the country, its cost and corruption in the government. But these obstacles did not altogether halt all the developments.

More connection types were made available to more Filipinos. Increasing bandwidth and a growing number of Filipino Internet users as years passed were proof of the continuing development of the Internet in the country.

Filipino online protest against the Cyber Crime Law of 2012

The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, codified as Republic Act No. 10175, criminalized cybersquatting, cybersex, child pornography, identity theft, illegal access to data and libel. The act has been criticized for its provision on criminalizing libel, which is perceived to be a curtailment in freedom of expression.

After several petitions submitted to the Supreme Court of the Philippines questioned the constitutionality of the Act, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order on October 9, 2012, stopping implementation of the Act for 120 days.

A Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom has been filed in the Philippine legislature to, among others, repeal Republic Act No. 10175.

Timeline

A timeline of the early history of the Internet in the Philippines:

August 1986: The first Philippine-based, public-access BBS [bulletin board system], First-Fil RBBS went online with an annual subscription fee of P1,000. A precursor to the local online forum, it ran an open-source BBS software on an IBM XT Clone PC with a 1200bps modem and was operated by Dan Angeles and Ed Castañeda.

1987: The Philippine FidoNet Exchange, a local network for communication between several BBSes in Metro Manila, was formed.

1990: A committee helmed by Arnie del Rosario of the Ateneo Computer Technology Center was tasked with exploring the possibility of creating an academic network of universities and government institutions by the National Computer Center under Dr. William Torres. Recommendations were made but not implemented.

1991-1993: Emergence of email gateways and services in the Philippines, including some from multinational companies like Intel, Motorola, and Texas Instruments, which used a direct Internet connection, X.25, or UCCP protocol. Local firms ETPI, Philcom, and PLDT also operated commercial X.25 networks. Another milestone: Local and international email to FidoNet users was introduced.

June 1993: With the support of the Department of Science and Technology and the Industrial Research Foundation, the Philnet project (now PHNET) was born. The Philnet technical committee, composed of computer buffs working at the DOST and representatives from the Ateneo de Manila University (Richie Lozada and Arnie del Rosario), De La Salle University (Kelsey Hartigan-Go), University of the Philippines Diliman (Rodel Atanacio and Rommel Feria), and University of the Philippines Los Baños, would eventually play a significant role in connecting the Philippines to the World Wide Web.

July 1993: Phase one of the Philnet project shifted into full gear after receiving funding from the DOST. It proved to be successful, as students from partner universities were able to send emails to the Internet by routing them through Philnet's gateway at the University of the Philippines Diliman Computer Center, which was connected to another gateway at the Victoria University of Technology in Australia via IDD Dial-Up (Hayes Modem :-).

November 1993: An additional P12.5-million grant for the first year's running cost was awarded by the DOST to buy equipment and lease communication lines needed to kickstart the second phase of Philnet, now led by Dr. Rudy Villarica.

March 29, 1994, 1:15 a.m.: Benjie Tan, who was working for ComNet, a company that supplied Cisco routers to the Philnet project, established the Philippine's first connection to the Internet at a PLDT network center in Makati City.

Shortly thereafter, he posted a short message to the Usenet newsgroup soc.culture.filipino to alert Filipinos overseas that a link had been made. His message read: "As of March 29, 1994 at 1:15 am Philippine time, unfortunately 2 days late due to slight technical difficulties, the Philippines was FINALLY connected to the Internet via SprintLink.

The Philippine router, a Cisco 7000 router was attached via the services of PLDT and Sprint communications to SprintLink's router at Stockton Ca. The gateway to the world for the Philippines will be via NASA Ames Research Center.

For now, a 64K serial link is the information highway to the rest of the Internet world."

March 29, 1994, 10:18 a.m.: "We're in," Dr. John Brule, a Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Syracuse University, announced at The First International E-Mail Conference at the University of San Carlos in Talamban, Cebu, signifying that Philnet's 64 kbit/s connection was live.

Statistics

In the Philippines 62.43% use Google Chrome, 25.15% Firefox, 6.28% Internet Explorer, 4.13% Safari.

About one in three consumers in the Philippines are accessing the internet in 2011, according to a report from AGB Nielsen Philippines.[12] Among the findings in the report are:

33% of Filipinos access the Internet, five percentage points below the Southeast Asian regional average of 38%.
Internet penetration amongst consumers aged 15 to 19 was close to two-thirds (65%) and nearly half of those in their 20‟s were online (48%).

There is still much room for growth for those aged 30+ – less than one quarter of consumers aged in their 30s (24%) access the Internet, 13% of consumers in their 40s, and just 4% of consumers aged 50+.

52% of Filipinos have a computer with high speed Internet connection at home.

Home is the most common Internet access point for those aged 30 years and above close to nine in ten Internet users aged 50 years and above (86%) cite "home" as their main point of access.

74% of 15–19 years identify Internet cafés as their main point of Internet access.

Already close to one quarter of Filipinos Internet users (24%) access the Internet on a daily basis via a mobile phone and 56% intend to access the Internet via a mobile phone in the next 12 months.

Over two thirds of Filipino digital consumers (67%) have visited social networking sites, compared to 40% who use email.

The Philippines ranked second highest for the number of people who have ever "liked" or followed a brand, company or celebrity on a social networking site (75%).

61% of Filipino Internet users said they trusted consumer opinions posted online, higher than any other market in Southeast Asia and seven points above the regional average.

Online product reviews and discussion forums are one of the most trusted sources of recommendations in purchase decision making, second only to recommendations from family and friends.

Close to two thirds of digital Filipinos (64%) use social media as a resource in purchase decision making.

Broadband providers

Bayan Telecommunications, through BayanDSL, offers ADSL from 768 kbit/s to 3 Mbit/s.

ComClark Network and Technology Corp offers Cable Internet known as Surestream, Wireless (WiFi) known as Wireless Anywhere Metro, Wireless fixed broadband known as Extreme Wireless, Instanet Prepaid Cards Pampanga Only and Fiber Optics.

Eastern Telecoms Philippines Inc. (ETPI), offers ADSL from to 2 Mbit/s to 8 Mbit/s.

Globe Telecom, offers ADSL from 1 Mbit/s to 5 Mbit/s[16] and Ultra-high speed from 8 Mbit/s to 150 Mbit/s.

PLDT offers ADSL from 512 kbit/s to 10 Mbit/s and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) from 8 Mbit/s to 100 Mbit/s.

Sky Broadband cable internet offers speeds up to 200 Mbit/s.

Smart Communications offers wireless fixed broadband from 512 kbit/s to 2 Mbit/s[20] and 4 Mbit/s for corporate lines using the Motorola Canopy.[citation needed] Other Products and Services include, WiMAX with the speed up to 512 kbit/s, Pocket Wi-Fi that utilizes 3G with Speeds up to 7.2 Mbit/s, and LTE Pocket Wi-Fi with speeds up to 42 Mbit/s

Smartlink Technologies & Business Solutions Co. offers 2.4ghz Wireless (WiFi), Wireless fixed broadband, prepaid cards.

Sun Cellular offers 3.5G-enabled wireless Internet up to 3.5 Mbit/s.

Wi-Tribe offers Wireless Internet from 1 Mbit/s to 2 Mbit/s utilizing WiMAX.

Current status

Network neutrality

Philippines currently runs 3 Internet Exchange points in the Country. Philippine Open Internet Exchange (PhOPENIX), Philippine Internet Exchange (PhIX), and Philippine Common Routing Exchange (PHNET CORE).

While many ISPs are interconnected to each other, PLDT is the only remaining ISP, alongside SMART Communications, to not have an established Peering Setup with local Carriers.

The NTC has requested PLDT to agree to IP Peer with Globe, but PLDT denied it, allegedly on the grounds that Internet service levels could suffer because the NTC memo circular does not provide for rigorous and robust arrangements for IP peering.

International connectivity

With users in Philippines access US-based sites, connectivity is a vital between Philippines and the United States.

Currently, Philippines has 8 Submarine-cables; APCN, APCN-2, ASE (Asia Submarine-cable Express), EAC, TGN-IA, AAG (Asia-America Gateway), SJC (South-east Japan Cable), and Guam-Philippines with 5 Cable Landing stations in Batangas, Ballesteros, Capepisa, La Union and Nasugbu.

Availability

In the Philippines, broadband Internet is usually available to consumers through 3 methods: Cable, DSL and Fiber.

Cable Internet is offered through companies such as ZPDee Cable, Global Destiny Cable and Parasat "Cable21", Caceres "C3", Skyline "Cheetah", USATV1, Viacomm, Aeronet, KwikNET (Los Baños, Laguna) usually starting at 512 kbit/s to 200Mbit/s.

ComClark (Pampanga) usually starting at 384 kbit/s. PLDT, BayanTel, Globe Telecom and Eastern Telecom (ETPI) offer DSL starting at 512 kbit/s up to 15 Mbit/s.

Globe and PLDT are the only commercial Fiber operators offering speeds starting at 8Mbit/s to 100Mbit/s. Broadband Internet is also widely available at public Internet cafes and offices, especially in major cities.

Wireless (WiFi) broadband Internet is progressively being rolled out in coffee shops, malls and major airports around the country.

Fiber to the home

In the Philippines, both PLDT and Globe Telecom are the only Internet Providers running fiber services. PLDT Fibr offers speeds ranging from 8 Mbit/s, 20 Mbit/s, 50 Mbit/s, and 100 Mbit/s while Globe Tattoo Torque offers 8 Mbit/s, 10 Mbit/s, 15 Mbit/s, 50 Mbit/s, 100 Mbit/s, and 150 Mbit/s.

However, the cost of these Internet plans is quite expensive compared to other countries. For the 100 Mbit/s plan PLDT Fiber costs PHP 20,000 per month and Globe Tattoo Torque costs PHP 24,999 per month for 150 Mbit/s.


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