Filipinos are no strangers to the wonders of the internet. The Southeast Asian country may be a developing one, but the internet has become a necessity for most of us.
Today, hundreds of businesses depend on internet connectivity to function. Even freelancers are becoming a common sight in the Philippines. Because of this, getting an internet plan with the right internet service provider (ISP) is a must. But first, here’s a list of the top 3 ISPs in the Philippines:
PLDT is the largest telecommunications company in the country with the widest range of services. They also offer the most diverse options for internet connectivity such as fiber, DSL, and LTE broadband packages for both personal and business needs.
Also one of the largest ISPs in the country, Globe offers plans for personal and enterprise use. Globe’s ThePLAN allows users to customize the features they’re getting and only pay for what they need, whether data allocations or call and text credits.
For budget users, Globe also offers prepaid plans that allow users to surf the web and make calls and texts to the same network.
If you’re the type of person who loves her TV shows, then getting a plan with SKY is the way to go. Unlike the previous options, SKY is the only ISP in the Philippines that offers internet connection bundled with their cable TV plan. You get 12Mbps with HD cable TV for P1,399/month.
Check out all their plans here.
Wondering which ISP to choose? To help you decide, here are some factors to consider when picking the ISP that’s best for you:
In the Philippines, location is the first (and sometimes, only) factor you should consider while looking for ISP options. If you’re in the metro, then you’re good, as the country’s top ISPs have their main consumer base in urban cities. But for those living in provinces and rural areas, you’re lucky to have more than two options to choose from.
Plus, faster speeds may not yet be available to far-flung towns while most ISPs focus their growth in the city. But hopefully, as technology becomes more accessible in the future, the coverage of ISPs will improve.
Wireless plans are your best bet when it comes to location, while DSL plans and Fiber plans are still limited nationwide. Globe and PLDT have the widest wireless plan coverage around the country so they should be your top bets around this area.
What’s your main reason for getting internet? If it’s for gaming, then pick the ISP that offers the fastest plan so that you can enjoy online games lag-free. Fiber plans are excellent for gaming, while DSL plans are decent. Wireless plans though will depend heavily on signal strength but they are just as capable as DSL plans especially with LTE around.
If you plan to work remotely and use video conferencing apps for online meetings, then go for the ISP that offers a medium-range plan for the most economical cost. This is perfect for business startups.
If heavy gaming and streaming are expected, Fiber Plans from the top ISP will do you great. It’s just a matter of who’s available at your location. If Fiber and DSL plans are not exactly available, then hi-speed LTE plans will do as a substitute for high bandwidth requirements.
Cost should be the last factor to consider because there aren’t too many competitors in the market yet for there to be a significant cost difference. However, as technology becomes more widespread in the country, we may see players in the telecom industry offer more competitive prices in a few years.
Fiber plans are usually more expensive, DSL plans are in the middle road of things, while wireless plans are the most budget friendly out of the bunch. All 3 ISPs are competitive enough but personally speaking, I would suggest looking into Globe and PLDT for value added services. That includes residential promotions when you switch ISPs. Watch out for data caps though and thoroughly read the end user agreement for less head ache.