Php50k for 10Mbps: true cost of a guaranteed DSL speed
We wanted to get an upgrade to our office DSL last week so I asked for a quotation and was a bit surprised when I was looking for a 10Mbps line with 1.5Mbps minimum guaranteed speed.
If you’re a long-time residential DSL user, you’d be familiar with the usual broadband prices.
I subscribe to a 3Mbps line at home for Php1,995 a month (although I only get something in the range of 1Mbps) but there’s no guarantee what for a minimum speed. The highest residential DSL from PLDT is a 10Mbps line for only Php4,000 a month which they’ve been offering since November of last year.
But if you runa business, that’s a different thing altogether. This is where the ISP will give you a guaranteed minimum speed (more commonly know as CIR or committed information rate).
Here’s what’s a business-type DSL subscription would look like.
So when your typical residential plan of 10Mbps costs just Php4,000 a month, that 10Mbps does not have any guaranteed minimum speed.
If you convert that 10Mbps to a business plan, then you get a minimum guaranteed speed of 1.5Mbps. The minimum guarantee acts like a dedicated bandwidth. The price you have to pay for that — Php50,000.
Imagine, the next time you want to open an internet cafe, be prepared to shell out those numbers on the chart above. That’s probably the reason almost all net cafes around only have up to 4Mbps in their network.