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January 18, 2013

Only 1 out of 5 Filipinos have internet at home

A recent survey conducted by US-based research company Gallup shows that only one out of five Filipinos have internet access at home.

The results reflect responses to Gallup’s question — “Does your home have access to the Internet?” wherein 20% of Filipino respondents answered yes. Countries like Singapore and Sweden were reported to have the highest internet access at 93%.

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In response, Filipino lawmakers call for cheaper broadband rates to help more Filipinos afford to have internet access at home. Rep. Janette Garin of 1st District of Iloilo, believe that “having internet access will be of big help to Filipinos especially those students who sometimes have to stay late at computer shops to research on their assignments online.” Meanwhile, the National Telecommunications Commission said that it is now implementing projects to improve internet connectivity in the country.

According to Gallup, “a nation’s home Internet access coverage — or lack thereof — has implications for that population’s economic strength and wellbeing as well as the global economy. The more people who have Internet access in their homes, the more likely they are to have easy, around-the-clock access to consume news and information, and in some cases, to sell and buy goods online.” It further added that “home Internet access also has implications for the education of a nation’s youth, the productivity of its workers, and the civic engagement of its citizens.”

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20 Responses to “Only 1 out of 5 Filipinos have internet at home”

  1. bernx says:

    ang bagal ng internet connection ng globe at smart, mahal pa hay…

  2. dj0502 says:

    Personally, it’s better if they improve the service first. The current level of prices are just right but definitely not commensurate with the speed and reliability of the service. Once they have a proper service, prices would eventually go down due to competition..

    • Digest says:

      I agree. Ayusin muna nila service nila. Mag ano mang ISP yan. At bilisan dapat ang bandwidth sa current internet speeds. AFAIK sa Vietnam ang basic internet starts at 3mb. -.-

    • itachi1 says:

      I agree with Digest, service and reliability should be prioritized first well enough for customers to patronize them. Once they’ve accomplished that, everything else will follow.

  3. Ged says:

    ipa-WiFi ang buong Pilipinas!

  4. paul e. says:

    No surprise… We’re a third world country. The majority can hardly afford the basics.

    • Anti_Kimchi
      Twitter: S
      says:

      Daily RICE, even two-day-old-rice is more of a necessity. In my area I’d venture to say it’s 1 out of 100.

  5. quake
    Twitter: quakyquake
    says:

    …i don’t think pricing ng internet plans or the internet it self ung problema…kse nakapa dali ng access sa internet lalo na dito sa Pilipinas…pumunta ka lng ng mall,cafe,resto or kahit nga sa labas ng bahay nio makaka sagap kayo ng wifi signal diba….ang main issue is ung machine…pricing of pc is very stiff….for a middle class family do you think they would bother to save or use their hard earned cash to buy pc that would cost more than what they spend for their daily needs???

  6. loadex says:

    The article is about internet at HOME, cafes and other public access not included.

    1 only out of 5?, baka landline and cable internet la ng na-monitor?

    How about those USB dongles? binilang din kaya, yung iba dongles gamit sa bahay.

    Or maybe they don’t want an internet at home and instead rely on Mobile Internet, sa mga smartphones nalang nila where they can carry anywhere.

    Anyway the research might be for those companies who need to know their marketing strategy for offering internet services, or may be the government wants that National Program revived again.

  7. Justin says:

    Prices must go down and reliability must go up. Period!

  8. Iyan Sommerset
    Twitter: iyansommerset
    says:

    Nakakahiya talaga ang Pilipino. No, not because of the sparse internet coverage. It’s because the only time that people in charge will *attempt* to do something is if their shortcomings are exposed on an international stage – not before.

  9. jren says:

    internet connection here in our country sucks,
    ang iphone ng globe hindi makakonek ng mayos
    sa makati lang sya maganda ang signal
    tapos need pa ng 3g,pag gsm lng pangit un koneksyon.
    maraming taon pa ang bibilangin bago maayos yan,
    and even if may 4g na ang globe at smart still it wont do any
    difference,MABAGAL PA KONEKSYON NILA

  10. Lolz says:

    Bago nila unahin tong mga ganito, unahin muna nila tayong iupdate kung ilang Pilipino ang nakakain tatlong beses isang araw, mga basics nga hikahos na ang mga kababayan natin eto pang internet connection sa bahay?

  11. lolwut says:

    Ang problema kasi dito sa atin, ang nagdidikta ng presyo at serbisyo ay ang mga Telcos mismo. Ang gobyerno walang ngipin para controllin sila kasi malaking porsyento ng internet infrastructure ng bansa ay pag aari ng mga Telcos na PLDT at GLOBE. Ang masama pa eh walang kompetisyon sa dalawang yan kasi hindi naman pwedeng basta basta mag invest ang mga foreign companies para makipagkompetensya dahil sa batas na humahadlang sa kanila.

    Kaya walang ibang magagawa ang mga Pilipino kundi sumang ayon na lang sa mga bulok na serbisyo ng mga Telcos na yan.

  12. ANONYMOUSE says:

    Should improve the connection/services first before anything. but it can help if they can lower there plans. and then upgrade there system..

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