It is currently the best way to connect to the internet, delivering speeds of up to 1Gbps. No wonder because fiber is more reliable than copper-based technologies like cable and DSL. It can deliver speeds over longer distances without being susceptible to electromagnetic interference and transfer a huge amount of data seamlessly.
Question now is this: Is your area fiber-ready? How would you know if fiber broadband is already available in your place without calling telcos’ busy hotlines? Companies like Eatel are probably already working on implementing this in as many areas as possible.
Of the three fiber providers in the Philippines — Globe Telecom, PLDT, and Converge ICT — only the latter requires that you call or email them first. The first two have made it more convenient for you by letting you check their respective sites online. (Click to check PLDT Fibr-powered villages and buildings.)
However, Globe has one-upped PLDT by launching a tool called Globe at Home Broadband Finder, which you can find by clicking this.
First, enter your location or even landmarks near your place.
Confirm your location then click “Check broadband availability.”
Clicking “Check broadband availability” will take you to a page that will inform you if fiber-optic internet connection is already being offered in your area. If it is, then Globe will list the plans that you can avail yourself of. You see, not all locations are created equal. Those who are based in places like Ayala Alabang can subscribe to a 1Gbps plan. The Globe tool should be able to tell you that.
If you’re still on DSL or cable, we suggest that you check if your village or building is already fiber-powered.
Don’t worry, the monthly plans have become affordable more than ever. With our 50Mbps unlimited (yes, unlimited — and we’re getting an average of 49Mbps speed!) connection, for example, we only pay P2,499 per month. (Its equivalent now is 100Mbps, but with a 1TB data cap.) Before October 2015, we believe that particular plan cost twice. Imagine that.
Let us know how it goes for you, okay?
Video you may want to watch: Cable vs DSL vs fiber internet
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