You may have heard in the news earlier this year that the NTC [National Telecommunications Commission] is looking to crack down on the telecom industry and bring Internet service providers to task if they fail to hit the NTC-set minimum downstream of 256Kbps or don’t deliver on their advertised broadband speeds.
The NTC has since moved forward with its plans to randomly test the broadband network of local telecoms, and the initial results, as you may have gathered, are disappointing to say the least, with the state-run telecommunications agency concluding that subscribers are not getting the speeds they’re paying for.
The first round of internal testing found that majority of Internet providers fell short of their speed claims, leaving customers to fret about bad service.
NTC has moved forward with its plans to randomly test the broadband network of local telecoms, and the initial results are disappointing.
Broadband speeds across 15 different sites in Metro Manila were measured using a handheld tester that plugs directly into routers. The NTC also said that the testing was done under ideal conditions to ensure optimal reliability and performance, though obviously that hasn’t been the case.
The NTC is expected to publish its findings next month. If providers continue to deny subscribers what they have been promised, they could face a fine of — drumroll, please! — P200. Insert laughing-so-hard-I’m-crying emoji here. No, seriously.
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A recent report published by a U.S.-based diagnostics firm ranks the Philippines 176th out of 202 countries and second-last among Asian nations in terms of Internet speed. The country’s average speed is listed as 3.64Mbps, which is well behind the global median of 23.3Mbps.
If providers continue to deny subscribers what they have been promised, they could face a fine of P200. Insert laughing-so-hard-I’m-crying emoji here.
For more details, check out the entire news segment from News5 here.
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