NTC sets 256kbps as the minimum mobile broadband speed
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) plans to set a minimum speed of 256 kilobits per second (kbps) for mobile broadband. The minimum speed is the same as the fixed broadband services like DSL, fiber, and cable.
The definition of mobile broadband as stated by NTC are “any device that has the capability of accessing mobile networks, and whose inherent design enables it to be portable and is not inherently designed to be located permanently or semi-permanently.” This includes pocket Wi-Fi, USB dongles, and smartphones & tablets with data connection.
With the 256kbps set as the minimum, GPRS services are already not considered to be a mobile broadband service as its speed can only go as high as 114kbps. NTC will conduct Internet test speeds of local ISP for mobile broadband before the 2016 national elections in May.
With the increasing adoption of 4G LTE with cheaper LTE-capable devices, what can we do with 256kbps nowadays?