HEY, PLDT AND THE REST, ARE YOU PROUD OF THIS?!
Look here and weep. Compared to the rest of the world, this is how the Philippines ranks in Internet connection speed: download speed, 137th at 1.5Mbps; upload speed, 134th at 0.47Mbps. Not only that, can anybody explain why it should be much, much more expensive?
And we say, we are gearing up for global competition!
A month ago, I decided I needed an upgrade. I was thinking e-business with my art designs, done some free trials and heck I was feeling genuinely excited with my prospective project. But larger images are required. I need higher upload speed. So, off I go to a PLDT service center and ask for a package two rungs higher, at P1,600+ a month. A few hundred bucks more better spent for beer but for a more meaningful pursuit, a good trade off I say. Or so it seems. In the next following weeks, excitement over some new-found entrepreneurial spirit slowly gives way rather to alternating rage and exasperation– at an upload speed that swings to as low as .06mbps to an average of 0.16 to 0.22 when it should be at least 0.30 to 0.52, and a monitor repeatedly flashing “Error sending message”. I yell at the service rep at the other end of the line “To one impoverished fella like me, P1,600 is a fortune, do you know that?” Poor soul, I should be telling that to Manny Pangilinan’s face. I have since lost count of follow ups and after playing host to a group of technicians that could not seem to figure out why, my enthusiasm for the project has started wearing off. Hell, I’m getting wasted on high-def porns instead.