ISPs have warned netizens of possible slow internet in the Philippines following an under sea cable damage. The cable damages were caused by the typhoon that hit Hong Kong in August. PLDT Inc. and Converge ICT Solutions Inc, have warned their subscribers to expect lower speeds.
In a statement, PLDT said:
Due to the recent strong typhoon in Hong Kong, multiple international undersea cable links to the city were cut, causing slowdowns of internet connections to web and social media sites hosted there. This has affected the services of internet service providers (ISPs) of various Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines.
Converge ICT Solutions on the other hand said at least three undersea cables connecting the Philippines to Hong Kong were cut last Aug. 27, 2017.
“Three of our international submarine cables were affected by this incident. It is estimated that it will take four to six weeks to repair all the damaged cables,” it said in a social media post.
The companies have already started repair works and taken measures to increase its subscriber experience.
Converge ICT Solutions noted, “We have already added 10 Gbps of bandwidth since last week. Earlier this morning, an additional link of the same capacity has been activated. With this, you can expect significant improvements in your internet connection. By next week, we are expecting to activate another 10 Gbps of capacity so that your service will finally return to normal.”
Both companies remain optimistic that the repair will be completed within 3 – 6 weeks.
Slow Internet in the Philippines, really?
This shouldn’t surprise a filipino. The country has had a bad reputation for poor internet speeds compared to other countries in the region. The country was ranked 100th by Akamai in its Q1 2017 State of the Internet report. With an average speed of 5.5 Mbps, Philippines seems to be a long way from other APAC countries. South Korea ranked 1st from the region has an average internet speed of 28.6 Mbps.
However, the good news is the country has seen a 20% increase in the speed as per Akamai. The company reported the average internet speed of Philippines as 4.6 Mbps in its Q4 2016 report.
What it means for You, the Gamer and other netizens?
Well, don’t be surprised if you experience lower internet speed or quality in the coming weeks. And expect better speeds in the future. Globe recently announced a sea cable link to connect the Philippines directly to United States. Now that’s something we can look forward to. Isn’t it?