A regular reader of this blog left a comment on another post asking about Internet availability and quality here in the Philippines. I thought I’d answer that question on a new post.
When I first moved here in 2000, the quality of Internet connections was terrible… dialup only! Being an Internet Professional, it is hard for me to do business with only a slow connection. However, I am happy to report that things are much better today! As long as you live in a town of decent size up to a City, you can expect that DSL will be available. In large cities you have even more choices with multiple DSL providers and also Cable Internet coming into play. Cable has been available in Manila for a few years already, but it will be available in Davao by next month too.
Cost of the Internet varies depending on the speed that you desire. The lowest end DSL plans are 512Kbps download speed and cost P999 (about $20). They have several plans to choose from. Next up is 1.2Mbps download speed which is P1995 per month (about $40). The next plan is the one I have, which is 2.2Mbps download speed for P3000 per month (about $60). There is a new plan coming which is 5Mbps download speed for P5,000 per month (about $100). All of these prices are for PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone) as the provider, as they are the most widely available in the country. I have used PLDT as my provider for about 4 years now, and have been pretty happy with their service.