This is a screenshot of SpeedTest from my friend who was in the US recently. (Mind you, this is a plain vanilla Internet connection, nothing fancy.) We were having a conversation about Google TV, and I was telling him that if we were to buy one of these boxes, it would be best to get a super fast Internet connection first. I've been having doubts that my 2Mbps DSL will cut it when it comes to streaming HD TV. So my friend forwarded me his SpeedTest results just to make me feel bad. Nice. Thanks Caloy.
So here we are in the Philippines, moderately successful in our chosen professions, hungry for high speed Internet, with money to burn. Just what are our options anyway?
PLDT, Globe, or Bayan DSL
Up to around 3Mbps
In my experience, PLDT and Globe DSL are equally good if you view the glass as half-full. They're equally bad if you view the glass as half-empty. Customer service for both has been dismal and when there's a service interruption (which is rare enough, to be fair), these tend to stretch on forever because it's tricky getting the service guys to your door.
A third option, Bayan DSL is also available now, but I've never tried it. Your location will determine which services are available to you. Current plans top out at around 3Mbps.
Up to 12Mbps for P5,999
The catch here is that your location has to be one where Sky Cable can reach. My building, for example, has an exclusive contract with the stone age Destiny Cable, so this is impossible for me. Boo. More info on their plans here.
Or up to 112Mbps for P20,000
If you live in certain buildings in Rockwell, you're in for a treat. Ultra high speed broadband (UHSB) is available here. More details here.
Up to 100Mbps for P14,995
If you live in Forbes park, you're one of the lucky ones. You can get super fast Internet from Globe. The service is aptly named Hyper Speed. Globe is expanding this service to other areas in Makati and The Fort, but no word as to when.
Fuhgedaboutit! We're talking ultra high speed broadband here. Even WiMAX is just 1Mbps.