Internet Connection Maxed Out the Patience of Filipinos

People say that patience is a virtue, but how long will your patience be for a slow internet connection? Our country is labeled as the social media capital of the world with almost 92% Facebook penetration. Yet, internet access in the Philippines remains slow and expensive. Countries all over the world are developing. However, the Philippines continues to lag behind its neighbors in all aspects. In Asia, the Philippines is at the near end of the list on the speed of broadband internet.

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One of the reasons for a slow internet service is the geographic makeup of our country which is composed of 7,107 islands that is archipelagic in nature. To solve these problems, the Information and Communication Technology Office (ICTO) deploy wireless data connections to reach out the remote communities and the far-flung locations in the country. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) also signed a memorandum last August 13, 2015 setting the minimum broadband speed at 256 Kbps. NTC also compelled service providers to disclose to the public the average date rates per location.

According to World Bank, if there is a 10% increase in broadband penetration in a country, its economy will grow by 1.13%. As we move to the digital era, our country must also adapt to some changes in order to develop and not to remain stagnant. We cannot deny the benefits of these technologies, and having a fast internet connection is an important factor.

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