MANILA, Philippines — Lawmaker Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV urged the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to provide an explanation after an infographic was posted earlier this month which showed that the Philippines is one of the countries in Southeast Asia that has the slowest internet connection.
According to ASEAN DNA, the Philippines only have 3.6 megabytes per second internet connection speed and was ranked behind countries including Laos (4.0 Mbps), Myanmar and Brunei (4.9 Mbps), Malaysia (5.5 Mbps) and Cambodia (5.7 Mbps), while Singapore ranks on top with 61.0Mbps followed by Thailand (17.7 Mbps) and Vietnam (13.1Mbps).
Senator Aquino demands an investigation on why the Philippines suffers on slow and expensive internet connection and was even ranked below average among other nations.
Aquino also said that he is considering Filipino consumers’ feedbacks whether they get satisfactory service equal to the amount they pay to their respective internet providers or not.
“There are constant complaints about the provider’s failure to deliver on its promised connection speed, which usually leads to slow Internet link,” Senator Aquino stated.
Aquino compared that Filipino consumers pay P1000 per month for internet service that gives 2Mbps speed, while around 36.90 Singaporean dollars or equivalent to P1,312 payment could offer consumers an internet service that speeds up to 15 Mbps in Singapore.
Meanwhile, Thailand provides 12 Mbps internet speed for as low as 799 baht or P1,100.
“This is expensive compared to Singapore and Thailand where we can find some of the fastest Internet connections in the world,” he said.
“Do we always have to pay a steep price for slow and sometimes unreliable Internet connection? The NTC (National Telecommunications Commission) should provide a logical and clear explanation on this,” he added.
The senator’s office also mentioned that Aquino will file a Senate resolution for his proposal by next month to make it official. He also said that he is looking forward that the probe could seek other ways to improve the currently ‘slow and sometimes unreliable’ internet connection, which is vital for the country’s economic development.
“We have to find ways to improve the system and fast, especially with the Asean Economic Integration happening a year from now,” he said.