When we lived in the Molo district of Iloilo City we had Globe DSL internet service. It was really slow. Our wireless Globe WiMax service at our new house in Tigbauan is better, but neither could be described as good. Why? Of course the internet providers cram too many users on a shaky infrastructure. When I was in Iloilo City, I snapped this photo of a telephone lineman at work. Any other questions about why your DSL is not so hot?
These linemen are really miracle workers! How could anyone make sense of this tangle and make it work, at least more or less.
This summary was provided by a reader:
“Based on my 6 years here, and extensive experience with all of the providers available in Iloilo, here’s what I’d add:
1) Any DSL other than PLDT (business grade) is complete garbage. Globe has less than 80% uptime in my experience.
2) SmartBro fixed AP’s (the canopy pics you have posted) are minimal at best, usually stable but low-bandwidth
3) 3G-based internet services are only decent at certain places within the city, though Smart is generally more reliable than Globe
4) For uninterrupted connectivity you’ll need at least two DSL lines — even PLDT business lines drop off once in a while.
5) Bayantel is a complete and utter scam; they’ll sell “up to 1mbps” business lines, but their copper is horrible and you’ll be lucky
to get 1/10 of that. And the only way to figure this out is to hack their DSL modems (they refuse to provide the password) and view the sync speed yourself.
At certain locations within the city, PLDT offers business-class DSL at up to 10mbps (I’m getting domestic bandwidth at about 9mbps, international at 7-8 *reality tests*, not speedtest) — and availability of 100mbps fiber to the home is scheduled for Q1 2013 according to their business office manager, Rene Lescano. I’ve got 2x 10mbps lines; it seems to be doing OK as of now.