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The Real Reason Internet Access in PH is Slow and Expensive

January 6, 2013

Here’s one thing that the Philippine media won’t tell you why Internet access in the country is still crappy, slow and expensive. It’s because of our protectionism and restrictive economic policies that repel or scare foreign investors and benefit only the oligarchs, cronies and politically connected corporatists.

The country’s media and so-called intellectuals stay mum on this issue, because they’re either politically clueless or they simply want to keep the people blissfully ignorant.

When it comes to this country’s economic prison, the only thing to blame is our protectionist, semi-socialist Constitution that is undoubtedly out of touch of economic and political reality.

Globalization, which is the ultimate, logical result of technological development and of many countries’ free market reforms and openness to global trade, is something that the country’s constitutional framers ignorantly missed in 1986. Those who drafted the New Charter, who were undeniably highly schooled (not educated, because there’s a big difference between schooling and education), probably thought people in the future (which is today) would be as stupid and naive as they believed they were in the 1980s.

Indeed, the framers were as ignorant about technology and global business as the protectionist socialists today.

Now look at the illustration below that shows how economically open countries provide benefits to their people in terms of fast and less expensive Internet access.


That simply shows the high price of our restrictive policies and protectionism. It hurts every common tao in the Failippines, and it only benefits the protected oligarchs and cronies.

Protectionism leads to oligarchs and cronies cornering the country’s wealth. It means lack of competition, and lack of competition has painful economic costs.

This makes me think those who drafted the Constitution should be publicly executed for crimes against Filipinos.

In the Philippines, you need to pay $25 per month to have a 1mbps internet connection (according to Internet sources). There’s this company (Pinoy Telekom) that charges P35 per day for 2 and 5mbps. That’s P1050 per month or $26.

Yes, Internet access here is as slow as our economy. It seems that it cannot go further than what a global economy requires due to our protectionism and restrictions. We’re indeed forever confined in an economic prison.

From this source:

Filipinos may boast of being in the world’s social network hub, but access to the Internet remains low in the Philippines compared to other countries, a recent United Nations (UN) report showed.

Of the total Filipino Internet users, 75 percent accessed social networks in 2011, the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development said in its report dubbed the “State of Broadband 2012.”

The Philippines also tops the global average of 60 percent social network penetration, even if only 29 percent of Filipinos are able to use the Internet as of 2011.

The country ranked 100th out of 177 in terms of Internet access either through fixed or mobile connections, the report said.

As of last year, there was an average of 1.9 fixed Internet connections per 100 people in the Philippines.

The country ranked 101st in this indicator, lagging behind Singapore 25.5; Malaysia, 7.4; and Vietnam, 4.3.

South Korea has one of the fastest and cheapest internet services because of free market competition. But why is South Korea’s Internet faster and cheaper than broadband connections in the Philippines and even in the United States? The answer is: It’s because of free market competition.

From this CNN article:

Korean competition

Countries with fast, cheap Internet connections tend to have more competition.

In the U.S., competition among companies that provide broadband connections is relatively slim. Most people choose between a cable company and a telephone company when they sign up for Internet service.

In other countries, including South Korea, the choices are more varied.

While there isn’t good data on how many broadband carriers the average consumer has access to, “I think we can infer that South Korea has more [competition in broadband] than the United States,” Faris said. “In fact, most countries have more than the United States.”

Some academics, including Yochai Benkler, co-director of the Berkman Center, have criticized the U.S. government’s broadband plan as not doing enough to create the kind of competition that is present in other countries.

This is something that our lawmakers and political planners should think about.

However, it seems that the government’s solution to poverty issue is: Give the peasants more condoms!


That Protectionist Winnie Monsod!

In the Philippines, the strongest advocates of protectionism and economic regulations are the country’s so-called intellectuals and oligarchs/cronies. The countries oligarchs and cronies (these terms should not be used interchangeably, I believe) strongly support protectionism because they are its economic beneficiaries. On the other hand, the country’s so-called intellectuals, who are mostly leftists and statists, provide strong pseudo-intellectual ammunition to the country’s protectionist movement. Ironically, most of these intellectuals denounce the “rich” for dominating the country’s economic battlefield.

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41 Comments leave one →
  1. Hero permalink
    April 25, 2013 3:38

    There’s still a chance. If only the congressman/senator you voted will make a law that will mandatory lower the cost and increase the speed of our internet here in phil, that would be great. here’s a great articles:

  2. May 11, 2013 3:38

    LOL. im using smartbro for PHP999(25USD) they said it is 1mbps but it is only less than 150kbps in actual. in other country internet is almost free?

    • Student IT permalink
      July 30, 2013 3:38

      Hi sir. maybe you are saying that you have 150″KB”ps which is equal to 1.5mbps
      KBps means Kilo Byte per second
      kbps means Kilo Bit per second

      in 1Byte = 8bits

      Ergo… you are actually using 1.5mbps which is more than what you paid…

      i have 2mbps or 200KBps plan from PLDT DSL, but got 4-5mpbs or 400-500KBps. That is more than what i paid for. and my location is in manila.

      • VillageIdiot permalink
        September 25, 2013 3:38

        LOL i-convert mo muna sa bits ung mb mo bago mo gawing bytes then to KB.

      • AXL permalink
        October 15, 2013 3:38

        yan ang problema natin kahit IT in philippines BOBO

      • labas-pasok permalink
        December 19, 2013 3:38

        VillageIdiot nga talaga! Yun na nga ginawa ng Student IT eh. Internet speed is measured in bits. e.g. 1 mbps = 1 MEGABIT/sec (hindi MEGABYTES) = 128kilobytes/sec (or 1024 kilobits/sec) Nalito kayo sa naming convention. Kayo ni AXL ang bobo.

      • Warded permalink
        July 23, 2014 3:38

        Magka iba po ang ‘Bits’ sa ‘Bytes’

        A bit is a single numeric value, either ‘1’ or ‘0’, that encodes a single unit of digital information. A byte is a sequence of bits; usually eight bits equal one byte.

        For example, in Internet Protocol (IP) networking, IP addresses contain 32 bits or 4 bytes. The bits encode the network address so that it can be shared on the network. The bytes divide the bits into groups.

        The IP address, for instance, is encoded with the following bits and bytes:

        11000000 10101000 00000000 00000001

        Bits are grouped into bytes to, generally speaking, increase the efficiency of computer hardware, including network equipment, disks and memory.

      • July 30, 2015 3:38

        Itong si Warded naman simpleng bagay pinapahaba,, bagal tuloy ang pagunlad ng pilipinas

  3. May 27, 2013 3:38

    Omg??? Really????

    Meh.. Old news for me.
    The Failipphines really should change. Easy to say, but hard to do.

    Good luck Failipphines! That’s what the best I could do for now.

  4. Josh permalink
    May 28, 2013 3:38

    lol only solution is migration XD

  5. Andrew Padilla permalink
    May 28, 2013 3:38

    The investments needed to make our standard internet faster depends on our reputation as a country. Sadly as of now, we are known as one of the countries that accept piracy. I have a wealthy family because my mom earns 100k per month and my dad earns 300k per month but even in our family, there is still piracy going on with dvd’s, videogames, and even songs. I’m not proud of this and I really dont want to give up the piracy we commit but in the end this will be always be one of the greatest reasons of why investors are afraid of investing with our Internet Service Providors. I hope PLDT and the other ISPs create a good plan to defeat this issue,

    • HMS HELENA permalink
      October 1, 2013 3:38

      this a free country you can anything just don’t get caught and were not the only country who loves piracy. you dumb rich cunt. ITS THEM THE PROVIDERS ARE THE ASSHOLES DON’T YOU GET IT CUNT?

    • May 14, 2015 3:38

      FAIL RICH KID alamin mo muna pinag sasabi mo masyado ka nadidilussion sa pera mo. at kelan pa accepted ang piracy sa pilipinas nanonood kaba ng balita mga raid? know ur shit dude mayaman ka panaman kahit kelan mo gusto ma eeducate mo sarili mo.

  6. Student IT permalink
    July 30, 2013 3:38

    KBps means Kilo Byte per second
    kbps means Kilo Bit per second

    in 1Byte = 8bits

    100KBps = 1mbps

    for those who do not know what is the difference between KBps to kbps with the small letter.

    i’m still hoping that our ISPs can provide more bandwidth like 25mbps? 😦

    • VillageIdiot permalink
      September 25, 2013 3:38

      Bopols ka naman mali mali pa bigay mo ang 100KB/s = .78mb/s.

  7. December 25, 2013 3:38

    nag away pa mga unggoy na pilipino. di niyo naman mababago internet speed. HUH HUH HEE HAH!

  8. Slow internet permalink
    January 8, 2014 3:38

    999 per month up to 1 mbps but actual speed is around .3 mbps only lol very slow internet in the Philippines

  9. Enutel permalink
    March 31, 2014 3:38

    Tama na! wala naman kau magagawa.. tanggapin nlang ang masaklap na katotohanan! haha

  10. Bahrice permalink
    April 1, 2014 3:38

    Kinicompare niyo ang rate sa ibang bansa eh hindi naman unlimited data yung mga yan sus

    • Ako permalink
      June 23, 2015 3:38

      Ay ignorante…ng work ako s ibang bansa at unlimitd sila.ang bilis p ng connection at ang mura.ignorante.mangibang bansa k din o kaya mg basa2x ka.

  11. April 6, 2014 3:38

    Pldt may sell you fast internet for 25 bucks a month and it may be fast for a week but then it gets worse the longer you have it and its never reliable then add in the power outages and forget trying to download or upload any thing large

  12. April 24, 2014 3:38

    too bad we can’t transfer to SG, Seoul or Japan. it will be heaven if we all go there just for the internet

    • May 6, 2014 3:38

      malas mo na lang ungas. nasa SG ako. mofos! hahahah!

  13. After_Burner permalink
    May 13, 2014 3:38

    Sa tingin ko pwede ka naman mag invest sa mga ISP in other countries like Japan and SG. And since gumagamit ang PLDT ng connection straight to Japan, pwede kang mag paconnect from Japan to philippines and to japan again. Yung latency ata pa japan sa ISP na yun ay 20~30ms. Internet speeds hangang 10gbps(gigabits per second po). Sa presong halos 5K philippine peso a month. Siyempre mas mahal yan dahil sa pag connect nila. Aabutin ka nyan ng mga ilang milyon? pero wise invesment naman kesa mag tiyaga sa bulok na Internet dito sa Pilipinas.

  14. makeyourownbeat permalink
    May 27, 2014 3:38

    We seriously need a change in our constitution.
    Putek, 1987 pa yang constitution natin. Panahon pa ni kopong2. Napag-iwanan na tayo ng mga neighboring countries. Wala na tayo sa dekada 80, kailangan ng pagbabago!
    Dagdag mo pa yang mga gahamang group companies na yan, sila lang nakikinabang habang ang madlang tao, kailangang magbayad ng 1000php+ para sa 2MB na bilis ng internet connection(na kung tutuusin, halos wala pang 1MB).

  15. June 25, 2014 3:38

    Eto ang dapat na maisabatas:
    Sana po supportahan niyo.

  16. james cabatuan permalink
    June 26, 2014 3:38

    Wala na talaga yan… KAHIT gaanu pa kalaki iinvestments mo dyan nuh.. they’ll gona be better paid out for something.. INVESTIGATIONS aren’t enough .

  17. james cabatuan permalink
    June 26, 2014 3:38

    alam mo kung bkit FREE sa ibang bansa yung Internet connections… ? BECAUSE IT IS ALREADY A PART OF THEIR TAXES . Dito lang talaga mahal sa pilipinas. and to Clarify most. pag merong usapan ang isang client to its ISP. YOU CANNOT SAY IT WAS or IT IS EXACTLY 1Mbps – Whatever Mbps. May Packet Loss pa yan depende sa layo ng Area. BUT THIS is SURELY the Truth within this., Its getting worse as long as you have that Connection.

  18. anton permalink
    July 7, 2014 3:38

    send a email to Aquino, make him think thx.

  19. huhuhuh permalink
    July 15, 2014 3:38

    sigh, people just don’t get this, even if fiber tech is already available in the ph, there is no way for residential users to get this kind of tech, unless the isp is willing to actually upgrade the line going to the said residence, or the resident has to pay for the actual fiber lines. and also one factor is that most of the isp’s here in the ph have an outdated dslams. unless the isp’s themselves are willing to or the resident are willing to upgrade their lines or dslams, internet here in the ph will stay slow. all in all, it comes down to money ^_^

  20. henyo permalink
    August 7, 2014 3:38

    bobo si studentIT, hindi niya maintindihan logic ng sinabi ni jerson. kaya nga mahal eh. stupid studentIT!!!

  21. October 30, 2014 3:38

    The Answer? Lipat sa ibang bansa. Boom, faster internet.
    Philippines wala ng pag-asa.

  22. MrYoso Trinity permalink
    December 9, 2014 3:38

    ano ba yan.. mga Sir! 8 Kbps=1KBps.. bakit kapag pinapalitan na ng numero lumalaki yung may kapital ‘B’? haizz.. kahit anong mangyara mas malaki pa rin ang Kbps kumpara sa KBps. ngunit mas mabilis ang KBps kaysa sa Kbps.. so 10 KBps=80kbps. ang standard ho ng smart broadband (sample) is 15-28 kbps daw!!! grabi.. kung magdodownload ako ng isang 2MB (MegaByte) or 2000 KB (KiloByte) file. sa halimbawang constant speed na 16 kbps or 2KBps. aabutin ho ako ng mga 2000KB (divided by) 2KB/s (cancel ho unit 😀 ) =? edi aabutin ho ako ng mga 1000 seconds or about 17 mins!! para lamang sa isang 2MB file? grabi ho nu? kailangan na ho imbestigahan ito.
    ayoko ho sanang maging direkta.. ngunit hindi ba kau nagtataka? bakit nangyayari ang mga ito? polusyon kurapsyon kahirapan etc.
    magsimula ho tayo sa #illuminati #pineal Gland #Agenda 21 #book of revelation KJB. yun lang po salamat! ingat lagi mga pinoy!

  23. December 15, 2014 3:38

    we have globe internet,and we live in avida village in nuvali.when we applied for internet,they told us we were getting a fast net,and would have a high speed net.we stream a lot of movies on utube and have problems with ever being able to finish watching a takes about 6-8 minutes to boot up net when first turned is like having the old dial up system on speed.they are telling us now that it is the area we live in.i just dont know who to complain to.also we have cignal dish tv,we haven’t had a week,they say they are coming to fix it,but so far no one showed signal from dish to box.

  24. December 30, 2014 3:38

    sana lumakas na ang internet speed sa Philippines

  25. June 3, 2015 3:38

    Thanks your blog is awesome

    Videocon 2.75g data plan
    Videocon Telecom invests approx Rs 130 Cr to upgrade its network to 2.75G EDGE, a 3G standard technology, to enhance Customer experience on data speed. Rolls out a full-fledged marketing campaign to get Customer attention

  26. August 28, 2015 3:38

    Palibhasa kasi tayong mga pinoy sadyang corrupt at madamot kaya ganyan ang nangyayari sa internet connection. I think the Philiippines need a bigger and biggest change.

  27. WickedIsGood permalink
    September 23, 2015 3:38

    stop saying random solutions like MIGRATION, etc.. time to man up! let us boycott these companies

  28. April 6, 2016 3:38

    I live in the Ununited States 102 miles from the capitol and I can’t get 1 meg of speed. I’m on DSL which is a phone line. The service is the worst-look it up! Frontier Communications. Google why they suck so much. They are the ONLY company here and that’s why we “CHOOSE” them. You are probably getting better service than I do. But yes, it’s all money and politics. Welcome to globalization.

  29. April 7, 2017 3:38

    So far the PLDT Home Fibr is the fast internet over the other ISPs in the Philippines.


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