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Broadband costs down by 60% since 2016

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The cost of broadband has dropped by more than 60 percent since 2016, according to Telecommunications company Globe Telecom.

Investments and improvements in the country’s network, such as the use of 4G/LTE, 5G, and fiber optic cables have improved the speed and quality of the internet, resulting in more affordable services, Darius Delgado, head of Globe’s broadband business, said.

“As we widen our footprint for broadband, we likewise make the services more affordable. We have a whole range of broadband offers suited to one’s budget and internet usage,” Delgado said.

A report from Globe Telecom said one gigabyte in 2016 costs about P26 compared to P9 per GB over the last two years for its ‘Globe at Home Postpaid LTE,’ a price decrease of 65.38 percent.

“Likewise, Globe at Home Prepaid WiFi customers now pay P9 per GB only from as high as P23 in 2017; P15 in 2018; and P10 in 2019 or a decrease of 60.87 percent since 2017,” the report read.

From up to P13 per GB in 2016, it said its wired customers now have unlimited data access.

For its prepaid mobile customers, it said its price per GB is “among the lowest in Southeast Asia”.

“Globe’s P11.25 per GB with its new Go prepaid promo is more affordable compared to Thailand (P190.59); Singapore (P35.60) and Indonesia (P32.76),” the report read.

In August, US-based network testing company Ookla reported that both fixed broadband and mobile broadband internet speeds in the Philippines have more than doubled since 2016 — from about 7.91 mbps in July 2016 to about 25.07 mbps in July 2020 for fixed broadband and from about 7.44 mbps in July 2016 to 16.95 mbps in July 2020 for mobile broadband.

PHOTO: PNA


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