I have reserved for PLDT Telpad upgrade but have my application hold in abeyance after I learned that the tablet unit available in Cebu area is not the upgraded 2.3 Gingerbread unit but the old one--2.2 Froyo. Check here for the complete specs. Instead, i have applied this week for bundle upgrade--from P990 landline + DSL to plan P1,299 with twice the speed-- 768kbps. My PLDT DSL has been slowing for two months now and that made me decide to upgrade.I am expecting the upgrade to effect today or tomorrow. I've tried checking my internet speed this morning using speedtest.net and the reading shows that my subscription's performance is within the promised speed of 384kbps (Left: Seoul, South Korea; right:Singapore). However, this is not the normal speed since most of the day the connection is erratic and the speed can go down as low as about 100kbps download and less than 100kbps for upload. Then i compare the two readings with the global average speed connection (left: download; right: upload) which show that our internet speed is far below the global average (yellow line: Global Average; blue line: PLDT average for my 2 speed tests.) The National Telecommunication Commission is requiring all Internet Service Providers to maintain its Minimum Service Reliability at 80% of their specified subscription plan. (Check the copy of the NTC memorandum below for the definition of Minimum Service Reliability and the required specification on their subscription plans.The memorandum took effect since August 2011 after its publication.) However, how do we know that the ISP has gone below the 85% of their specified speed. Are they going to accept our own internet speed test (using speedtest.net readings) as evidence in our complaint? Or is it the NTC's responsibility to check the Minimum Service Reliability? *************************************************
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
COMMISSION ON INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
SUBJECT: MINIMUM SPEED OF BROADBAND CONNECTIONS
WHEREAS, the 1987 Constitution fully recognizes the vital role of communications in nation building and provides for the emergence of communications structures suitable to the needs and aspirations of the nation;
WHEREAS, the promotion of competition in the telecommunications market is a key objective of Republic Act No. 7925 (RA7925, for brevity), otherwise known as The Public Telecommunications Policy Act of the Philippines, which mandates that “a healthy competitive environment shall be fostered, one in which telecommunications carriers are free to make business decisions and interact with one another in providing telecommunications services, with the end in view of encouraging their financial viability while maintaining affordable rates;
WHEREAS, RA7925 further defines the role of the government to “promote a fair, efficient and responsive market to stimulate growth and development of the telecommunications facilities and services”;
WHEREAS, RA7925 mandates the National Telecommunications Commission (Commission) to promote and protect the consumers of public telecommunications services;
WHEREAS, it has been observed that the service providers are offering broadband/ internet connections specifying only the maximum speed;
WHEREAS, customers/ subscribers/ users have the right to be informed of the quality of the broadband/ internet connection service being provided;
WHEREAS, fixed, fixed wireless and mobile broadband/ internet access differ in transmission characteristics;
WHEREAS, mobile broadband/ internet access suffer from signal fading more than fixed and fixed wireless broadband/ internet access;
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to RA7925, Executive Order (EO) No. 546 series of 1979, and in order to maintain and foster fair competition in the telecommunications industry, and promote and protect the rights of broadband service customers/ subscribers/ users, the National Telecommunications Commission (the Commission/ NTC, for brevity) hereby promulgates the following rules:
1. Broadband service providers shall specify the minimum broadband/ internet connection speed and service reliability and the service rates in their offers to consumers/ subscribers/ users in their advertisements, flyers, brochures and service agreements and service level agreements. The minimum service reliability shall be 80%.
Service Reliability is measured over a period of one (1) month and calculated as
[(Hours in a day x Days in a month) – (Time internet connection speed is below minimum)] / (Hours in a day x Days in a month)
The service offers shall specify the service rates for a minimum broadband/ internet connection speed and the service reliability. For example: a broadband service provider can offer PhP 900.00/month for 512 kbps minimum connection speed and 80% service reliability, or PhP 1,000.00/month for 512 kbps minimum connection speed and 85% service reliability, or PhP 1,000/month for 1 Mbps minimum connection speed and 80% reliability, etc.
2. The subscribers/ consumers shall be properly informed of the broadband/internet connection service being offered to them.
3. Service providers offering committed information rate (CIR) shall comply with NTC MC No. 12-19-2004.
4. Failure on the part of a broadband service provider to comply with this Order, the Commission shall file appropriate administrative case against said broadband service provider.
5. Any circular, order, memoranda or parts thereof inconsistent herewith are deemed repealed or amended accordingly.
6. This Order shall take effect fifteen (15) days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation and three (3) certified true copies are furnished the UP Law Center.
Quezon City, Philippines, 15 July 2011
Gamaliel A. Cordoba
Carlos Jose A. Martinez
Delilah F. Deles
In between our monthly billing cycle are disruptions in the service which should be deducted from our monthly bill. Personally, i've received a rebate from PLDT after i complained the 4-day interruption of my connection last July. Check my post about it.