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As I reported last week, Feyma and I are moving. Things are moving right along, and by the time this is published, we may already be staying at the new house. In fact, it is very likely.

I wanted to give some updates on how things are going, particularly with Internet. That seems to be the number one topic that I get asked about, or perhaps I should say warned about. “Make sure you get good Internet.” I hear it daily.

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No worries. I always get good Internet. In fact, before we will make a commitment on any house or location, we always check what is available Internet wise first read we make sure that good-quality Internet is available. My business is on the Internet, so I cannot have bad Internet. It is our number one consideration.

At our old location, in Juna subdivision. We had to Internet providers. I always go for redundancy, because being in the business, I need to have Internet all the time, if at all possible. Having redundant connections generally assures that. Sure, there are times, rarely, when both connections are out, but it is very infrequent. Our main Internet connection in Juna was provided by SkyBroadband, a cable Internet connection. That account was 15 Mbps, and quite reliable. At one point we had a 50 Mbps connection with Sky, but it was not so reliable. When we rolled back to 15 Mbps, we were quite happy with that. Our second provider was Globe telecom, through which we had a DSL connection, 10 Mbps. We almost always got around nine Mbps through Globe, which we considered satisfactory for a backup connection.

At our new location, we already have SkyBroadband hooked up. The same 15 Mbps connection that we had in Juna. It works great, and we are very happy with it. We will, again, have redundancy, with two Internet providers. Our second connection will be through PLDT, a fiber connection, with 50 Mbps. We have already applied, and the connection should be installed in a week or two from the time you read this. I’m really looking forward to that and hoping it is going to be as great as it sounds. I have many friends using PLDT fiber, and they all have good reports. On both connections, we have unlimited bandwidth, no data caps at all.

So, things are looking good for Internet. It should be even better than we had in our old house, which we were very happy with. I only see things improving, and that will make me even happier.

When I have been at the new house, I tried out my phone, using 4G, and was able to easily get a connection at 12 Mbps, which I’m quite happy with as well.

So, everything is looking good, with our Internet at the new location. In coming days and weeks, I will be giving you a full report on our new place.

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Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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Michael Braddy
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glad to hear your move is going smooth so far,,,as far as my question to you was about obtaining a tricare supplemental policy here to go along with our tricare select primary ins carrier..Are there US companies that will and are signing up tricare select participants here in the philippines???

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If the PLDT Fibr is as good as mine, here in Tagum, you should be very happy. I have been using mine for about 14 months, now. It seems to go down about once a month for twenty or thirty minutes, usually when a tech has the street cabinet open – frustrating, but not catastrophic. Having said that, my connection went down for around four hours last week and when it came back it was on for ten, off for ten a couple of times, before returning to normal. The failure has never been at my local connection – the… Read more »

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Thanks for the update Peter. I am really looking forward to giving the fiber a try.

Paul Richard Robertson
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Paul Richard Robertson

I guess it is my problem for living at the end of the road in Bislig City but I just tested my connection and it is it’s usual, 4.11 Mbps Download and 0.94 Mbps Upload. Very hard to get anything done and forbids any streaming. The unit is brand new.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Yes if you choose to live in a small town those are the kind of results you should expect. We have 15 mbps with our cable connection, and will have 50 mbps with our fiber. List of speeds are easy to get a large city.

Bob New York
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Bob New York

I think you will really like fiber optic internet Bob. I have been using it here for the past couple of years and would never go back to anything else. Sure, it cost a bit more but from the enjoyment I get from it, plus nearly 100% reliability so far it is worth the few extra dollars I pay for it. I am on the 50 up 50 down plan but any time I do the ookla speed check it is a bit higher so I am well satisfied. I hope you will have similar results. At the moment I… Read more »

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Great brook court Bob. Thanks for sharing. I am confident that i will also get great results if i am able to get fiber. I have been promises they would try their best.

reinbergs
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reinbergs

I will be moving to Panglao, Bohol and hope with the new airport completion I will get workable Internet speeds. We are luxury hospitality head hunters world wide so this is important. I will probably be comparing what I can get with my Comcast cable Internet speeds in Florida. Just did a speed test and found I have 88 download and 25 upload speeds.

Bob Martin
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Good luck. I hate always heard that Intenet is not good in Bohol. I hope i8t works out for you.

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