IN LAST 4 YEARS: Telco cites 60% drop in broadband prices

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    The cost of internet services in the Philippines has gone down by more than 60 percent in the last four years, according to Globe Telecom Inc.

    Since 2016, the prices per gigabyte (GB) of all Globe broadband services such as Globe at Home Prepaid WiFi, Globe at Home Postpaid VDSL (very high bitrate digital subscriber line) and Fiber, and Globe at Home Postpaid LTE (Long-Term Evolution) have gone down by more than 60 percent in the last four years, the company said.

    From as high as P26 per GB, the Globe at Home Postpaid LTE has gone down to P9 per GB over the last two years, or a 65.38 percent price drop.

    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.

    Globe at Home wired customers, on the other hand, now have unlimited data access compared to paying up to P13 per GB in 2016.

    The company said its price per GB for prepaid customers is also among the lowest in Southeast Asia. Globe’s P11.25 per GB for its new Go prepaid promo is more affordable compared to P190.59 per GB in Thailand, P35.60 per GB in Singapore and P32.76 per GB in Indonesia.

    Globe said its sustained effort to improve its network performance over the years has resulted in more affordable internet services for customers.

    “Investments in the network are done every year to improve internet experience at home.

    We use the latest technologies such as 4G/LTE and 5G (fifth generation) to improve speed and quality of experience. We are also accelerating the deployment of fiber optic cables to provide a seamless experience for multiple internet users inside the home,” said Darius Delgado, Globe head of broadband business.

    “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 added.