National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) of the Philippines conducted a pilot test of fixed broadband speed of local Internet service providers in the Philippines. Among the four tested, a subsidiary of Globe Telecom registered the slowest internet connection.

According to NTC deputy commissioner Delilah Deles, “ISPs are monitored from different locations in Metro Manila at different times of the week. During each testing, we use our JDSU Handheld Services Testers, which cost about a million pesos each, to monitor and measure the speed of fixed broadband.”

Deles showed the JDSU Handheld Services Testers attached to broadband routers of Bayan Telecommunications, Incorporated (Bayantel); Globe Telecom; Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT); and Sky Cable Corporation’s SkyBroadband.

Bayantel, a subordinate of Globe Telecoms, have the slowest internet speed from the four ISP tested by the NTC. Bayantel registered 536 kilobits per second (kbps) for a fixed broadband service advertised as 2 megabits per second (mbps) downstream.

According to the result, Globe Telecoms, PLDT, and Sky Cable passed the test with acceptable speed. Globe Telecoms recorded 2785 kbps for a 3 mbps broadband, PLDT logged 3367 kbps also for a 3 mbps broadband, and Sky Cable registered 2818 kbps for a 3 mbps broadband connection. “Bayantel, however, showed the slowest speed; so they have to diagnose their network and improve it before the actual testing next month,” NTC Director Edgardo Cabarios said.

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Symmetrical Internet Access

Do you have an idea what Symmetrical Internet Access is? If you don’t read one, if yes, you mind find some new information below.

When was the last time you tested your company’s Internet speed? If it’s been months or years, then you should definitely consider visiting speedtest(dot)net and check out the speed. It’s critical to keep in mind that the speed of your internet connection will be based on how many people are accessing the Web at that time. A better option is to wait until nobody else is using the Internet, such as before or after work hours. That will provide your company’s true connection speed.

There are a few different results you can get from the speed test. You might learn that the upload/download speeds are exactly the same. Another result is that you could discover that the download speed is much higher than the upload speed. While both results are possible, it’s more likely that the download speed will be significantly higher. The reason is most Internet connections are developed to favor download speeds that are higher.

There are two types of Internet connections: asymmetrical and symmetrical. As the name suggests, symmetrical internet connections deliver equal download/upload speeds. They usually have a higher price than asymmetrical connections.

For several years it’s been assumed that the majority of Internet use involves more downloads of data than uploading. In terms of normal Internet usage, it’s quite likely. However, business Web use is different than residential use. Business’ use of asymmetrical connection provides many drawbacks since several business functions/applications need a higher upload speed instead of download speed.

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