June 18, 2021 at 12:40 am
P. Y. Deligero
In the modern world, the internet is a must-have to perform certain activities. Social media networks require a stable connection to allow users to enjoy posting, sharing, and viewing various media for their work and entertainment.
Several games also require a strong connection so users can enjoy long hours and a smoother gaming experience.
During the previous year, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a strong internet connection was needed so that users can stay connected with their friends and family despite the distance.
More importantly, it played a crucial role in allowing students and employees, respectively, to learn and work remotely.
Over the years, the Philippines has gradually progressed with the quality of its internet connection as it went from dial-up modems, where users can’t connect to the internet and use the phone at the same time, to modems, routers, and more.
With the realization that the internet has become a commodity nowadays, more telecommunication companies are working towards providing quality internet service through the latest innovations in internet connection, namely 5G and fiber internet.
More about fiber-optic internet
One of the latest developments on internet connection is fiber-optic internet. By using fiber-optic cables, data is transferred at a faster rate compared to cable, and especially dial-up, since the cables can carry large amounts of data, which often reaches multiple terabits, in a single line.
A fiber-optic connection allows more devices such as computers, tablets, phones, and more to have a more stable and faster connection to the internet via a direct network or WiFi.
This speed is the main reason why many people are shifting towards companies that are offering fiber internet connections. But, of course, this advantage has a catch and that’s the price.
Compared to the regular internet connections that use cable wires, fiber optic cables are pricier, often discouraging users since they get enough satisfaction from the 20 to 100mbps that they usually get from cable since most downloads from the internet don’t usually max out that connection.
But many Filipinos are slowly switching to a fiber-optic connection after realizing that it gets things done more efficiently and makes the experience more satisfying for hundreds of thousands of users.
Knowing more about 5G
In the meantime, 5G or 5th generation mobile network refers to the modern global wireless connection that came after the 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. It enables a new kind of network connection designed to virtually connect people and things such as machines and devices.
This new wireless technology is meant to deliver multi-Gbps data speeds, increased network capacity and availability, as well as a uniformed user experience that boasts of higher performance and improved efficiency to connect people and industries.
When compared to the previous 4G network, 5G has an increased network speed and capacity that’s expected to move data a hundred times faster to support new types of applications and connectivity across a wider range of devices.
For Filipinos, this creates new opportunities that they can embark on with the ultrafast speeds from the network as well as its ability to support new types of applications that are continually being developed to this day.
Companies in the PH that offer fiber and 5G connections
When it comes to the statistics around household download speed, the Philippines ranks 176th out of 202 countries worldwide and 21st out of 22 in Asia. Many people are clamoring for better speed and connection from internet service providers or telecommunication companies.
Since there has been a large demand for a faster and stable internet connection in the Philippines, several companies have since begun offering these services to provide users in homes and businesses to give them a quality experience that fosters productivity.
One of the companies that offers fiber-optic internet is PLDT. It began offering direct-to-the-home (DTTH) fiber-optic data in 2011 to selected Metro Manila subdivisions.
This service is known as PLDT Fibr and is considered to be the first in the country to use fiber optic cables to deliver broadband services with speeds of up to 100mbps. Eventually, the service became available to more areas in the country, allowing more people to experience fast and stable internet connections.
Another company that offers fiber services in the Philippines is Converge, or Converge ICT Solutions. It started its broadband operations in 2012 and envisioned providing high-speed internet connection to millions of households and businesses across the country.
Presently, Converge continues expanding its reach to allow more Filipinos to have a satisfying experience with their internet connection through its end-to-end fiber-optic connection.
To make sure that their users get the right amount of data speed according to their preferences, Converge offers various plans that offer speeds that range from 20mbps, 50mbps, and 100mbps.
Lastly, Globe Telecoms, or popularly known in the Philippines as Globe, offers a 5G network connection to its users. It boasts that its 5G services can go up to 20x faster than LTE with fiber-fast speeds that reach 100 Mbps.
Data signals in the 5G connection travels through data frequencies across three different spectrums that include low-band for great area coverage, mid-band for several area coverages, and low-bad for lowest area coverage.
Unlike 4G and LTE which only uses two spectrum bands, Globe proudly claims that its 5G connection services utilize all three to create an almost real-time latency, allowing faster response time needed for new technologies.
With the availability of fiber-optic internet connections and 5G networks in the Philippines, more users get to enjoy faster connections that don’t regularly falter and cause inconveniences.
More users continue to realize the potential of using modern technology to improve their internet connections. As a result, they invest in having quality services, especially now when the internet has become a necessity to keep things going.
As the world progresses, more developments will be made to produce faster and stronger connections that will continue to provide new opportunities for users. In the Philippines, this will provide new solutions to problems with data speed and create a faster as well as more satisfying experience for a large number of users.