We’ve been relying to the internet for government, business, and education services since the dawn of the 21st century, but we have only seen a clear picture of that need when we as a society we’re forced to shift all or most of our activities online because of the pandemic. So, as much as we see the necessity and the advantages of internet services here in the Philippines, problems, and conflicts in terms of speed, consistency and reliability of the service was also massively emphasized.
At this moment of our lives, people’s future depends on how dependable and steadfast their home internet connection. As many are working home-based at the present, work competency and success now includes the criteria of not having an internet connection problem for the day. Deals may be declined, and potential clients will slip our grasp and too many to count complaints addressing your services will bombard the company which will surely hit you back badly. So, in other words, we are in dire need of swift, reliable, and unwavering internet connection, if we want a smooth transition to this new normal environment.
However, In the Philippines the average broadband speed sits only at 28.69 mbps as of November 2020. This speed rate only put the country in the 103rd position among 176 countries. In short, the Philippine internet service is statistically slow. Moreover, internet reliability also depends on various factors such as locality, home structure and plan availability, this means that one ISP may be good for one but a burden to the other. Nevertheless, we still rank five best internet providers here in the country based on their maximum internet optimization offer. So, if you are planning to have your home wired for internet connection, here are 5 of the best internet service providers in the Philippines and their plans that you may want to consider.
1. Converge ICT
First on the list is the newest ISP to enter the playing field. In its budding years it has definitely established itself when it comes to high- speed internet for such a lower price compare to its competitors. For home (residential) plans, Converge ICT offers 25mbps for the price of Php. 1,500 plus installation fee of Php. 2,500.
Another point goes to Converge ICT for outshining all other ISP’s in terms of gaming and Netflix performance. However, unlike other ISPs, Converge at the moment was only limited coverage areas. It is mostly available in Luzon and it offers no bundle freebie like landline or cable connection service.
Other Converge plans include:
- Fiber X 2,500 – 75Mbps
- Fiber X 3500 – 150Mbps
- Fiber Xtreme 4,500 – 300Mbps
- Fiber Xtreme 7000 – 500Mbps
2. Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)
As the pioneer of internet service here in the Philippines it is no doubt that PLDT holds a massive share of the total internet users in the country. The best of PLDT is its Fibr connection that can run up to 100Mbps for Php. 2,899.
In terms of accessibility, PLDT leads among all other ISPs because of its wide coverage area, hence claiming that anyone in the country may have access to PLDT service. However, sometimes few to many users have been complaining about PLDTs blotchy connection, yet since it was the oldest in business, we can expect that the company will eventually provide interventions to give us the best internet service we deserve. Then again, competition are tightening as the third Telecommunication Company, DITO is making its grand entrance to the communication industry.
PLDT Internet plans include:
- PLDT Home Unli Fibr 1299 – 10Mbps
- PLDT Home Unli Fibr 1699 – 25Mbps
- PLDT Home Unli Fibr 2399 – 50Mbps
- PLDT Home Unli Fibr 2899 – 100Mbps
- PLDT Home Fibr Plus 6099 – 300Mbps
3. One SKY (SKY Cable)
If you want a high-speed internet service with High-end Cable connection and Mobile internet, then One Sky is up for reconsideration. They are offering HD Cable popular shows in TV, access to Local TV and iWant streaming alongside their 15-30Mbps internet speed with a price range of Php 1,599-1999.
You can also avail the cheapest bundle, SKY Fiber Unli Broadband plus HD cable for Php. 999 for 5Mbps.
Other Internet Broadband Plans from SKY:
- SKY Fiber Unli Broadband 999 – 10Mbps
- SKY Fiber Unli Broadband 1499- 25Mbps
- SKY Fiber Unli Broadband 1999 – 50Mbps
- SKY Fiber Unli Broadband 2499 – 75Mbps
- SKY Fiber Unli Broadband 2899 – 100Mbps
- SKY Fiber Unli Broadband + HD Cable TV 999 – 5Mbps
- SKY Fiber Unli Broadband + HD Cable TV 1599- 15Mbps
- SKY Fiber Unli Broadband + HD Cable TV 1999 – 30Mbps
- SKY Fiber Unli Broadband + HD Cable TV 2999 – 60Mbps
- SKY Fiber Unli Broadband + HD Cable TV 3999 – 120Mbps
- SKY Fiber Unli Broadband + HD Cable TV 5499 – 200Mbps
The other communication giant, Globe completes the duopoly of telecommunication business here in the Philippines. Globe too; like its longtime rival, PLDT, offers wide range of internet coverage around the country. Aside from that, Globe offers the fastest internet speed of 1Gbps Php. 9,499. In addition, some Globe plans include freebies such as Android TV box, unlimited landline and Globe-Globe calls and free three-month access to iWant and Amazon Prime Video. However, plans with 50Mbps and lower speed seem to be more expensive than other ISPs
Globe offers the following Broadband Plans:
- Globe at Home Unli 1699 – 20Mbps
- Globe at Home Unli 1899 – 30Mbps
- Globe at Home Unli 2499 – 50Mbps
- Globe at Home Unli 2899 – 100Mbps
- Globe at Home Unli 3499 – 200Mbps
- Globe at Home Unli 4999 – 500Mbps
- Globe at Home Unli 9499 – 1Gbps
You may hear other offerings coming from Eastern Communication which also offers Telephone services together with their internet plans at home. For enterprises on the other hand, There is Responsible Internet Sustainability Effort (RISE) which promises strong internet connectivity for Macro businesses.
Lastly, we have been very enthusiastic in the arrival of the 3rd Telecommunication giant, DITO, which like all other ISPs also promises cheaper but much unswerving internet connectivity for more productive Filipino patrons.
Note: This article shall be updated when DITO’s services are made available.
Final Thoughts on the Best Internet Service Providers in the Philippines:
Our choice of internet service provider depends on where we want to use the internet or for what purpose. If you are using your internet for work and studying, you should get an ISP based on which offers the fastest and the most accessible rather than looking at prices. If your purpose is family entertainment, then it is advisable that you apply to those with Cable offerings that will make TV-reliant house members happy.
But, if you’re applying for the sake of having connection and with limited financial power, then subscribe to those that offer the cheapest yet satisfactory. But as we claim previously, the best ISP is relative to your likings and needs, the place where you are, the purpose of your usage, the amount you’re willing to pay and not just prices and speed promises alone.
So which among the best internet service providers in the Philippines is really the best?