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LEGISLATION SEEKS TO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE INTERNET SPEED IN THE PHILIPPINES

imageManila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Despite being considered the social media capital of the world, the Philippines has not kept up with most countries when it comes to Internet speed.  This, despite the fact that Internet service costs an arm and a leg, possibly also a foot.

The Philippines ranks 21st, out of 22 countries in Asia, just one notch above war-torn Afghanistan. Internet experience in the country is reminiscent of AOL’s dial-up service in the early 1980’s.

By way of comparison, Singapore’s broadband speed is 122.43 Megabits per second, followed by Hong Kong with 102.99 Mbps.  The Philippines’ download speed is 3.64 Mbps.

Senator Binay
Senator Binay

To remedy this embarrassing situation,  Senator Nancy Binay, daughter of Vice President Jojo Binay, has formally filed a bill that would significantly increase Internet speed in the Philippines.

In her proposal, the senator wants to limit ownership of smart phones to one per household.  In addition, each household can also own one desktop or laptop computer.

“By limiting the number of people using Internet-enabled devices, we can significantly reduce the demand for Internet access and there will be more download capacity to go around,” Binay said.

Asked how the one-per-family rule will be implemented, Binay proposed issuing licenses to owners of smart phones and computers. If a license applicant resides in a household which had already been previously issued a license, the application will be denied.  In addition, smart phone and computer vendors can only sell their goods to customers who can present a valid government-issued license to own an Internet device.

AMONG ALL ASIAN COUNTRIES, PHILIPPINES RANKS SECOND IN INTERNET SPEED

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – President NoyNoy Aquino calls the Philippines the new ‘Darling of Asia,’ and he has the beef to prove it: infrastructure growth, foreign investments, dollar remittances from overseas Filipino workers and expatriates, and cheap labor.

Now, the country has earned another distinction in terms of technology.

The Philippines has just officially ranked second among all countries in Asia in as far as Internet speed is concerned. Second from the bottom, that is, next only to Afghanistan.

Furthermore, Internet service in the Philippines is the most expensive and ranks among the highest in the world, and Aquino could not be any prouder.

Watch the video announcement below. Click then go do your laundry. By the time you’re done, the video will finish downloading.

YAWNS AND GIGGLES AS GOVERNMENT ROLLS OUT FREE WI-FI ACCESS IN THE PHILIPPINES

wifi-philippines_1The Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is planning to roll out its free public Wi-Fi internet access project across the country beginning July of this year.

The One Billion-peso “Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places” project aims to provide free Wi-Fi Internet access in select public spaces in the country including parks and plazas, airports and seaports, public schools and hospitals, train stations and government offices.

Once fully deployed, the Project will serve 105,000 concurrent users with an average speed of 256 kbps (kilobytes) each. (Remember, the Philippines has a population of 100 Million.)

The DOST announcement was met with yawns and giggles by the Internet-savvy Filipinos, and here’s why:

256 kbps is equivalent to 2.048 Mbps (Megabits)

To put it in perspective, let’s take a look at the wi-fi speed in South Korea:

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That’s 47.73 Mbps download and 48.99 Mbps upload speed in South Korea vs. 2.048 Mbps in the Philippines! And it is estimated that almost half of South Korea’s 50 Million population have access to high-speed Internet.

Any questions? Log on to the website of the DOST. That is, if you are able to get a connection, or have time for a little nap while waiting for your connection.

Perhaps, instead of building more high-rise condos and shopping malls, the Philippines should build a better Internet infrastructure. After all, isn’t the Philippines supposed to be the “New Asian Tiger?”

Or is it still the “Sick Man of Asia”  when it comes to Technology?