6 Local Internet Service Providers You Probably Didn’t Know Of
Surprise! There are more choices for faster WiFi at home, and some go for as low as P699 a month.
After water and electricity, the other basic utility that most homes can’t live without is Internet connectivity. There are currently two major service providers that are the default choice for most consumers, but if you’re outside the coverage area of these providers or if you’re looking for other bespoke data plans, you might want to try other alternatives.
These companies may not all be household names like the major providers, but they just might have the right plan for you. Their services may not be on par with each other even if the data speed is the same, so it’s also a good idea to read the fine print of the plan.
Converge is one of the newest internet providers in this list. Compared to other providers, their services are purely fiber-based from the get go. The company’s broadband plans was launched last year with a starting plan of 25Mbps that’s priced at P1,500 with no data cap. Converge’s entry level plan is relatively the fastest and most affordable plan available compared to other service providers. They also have a 50Mbps plan for P2,500, 100Mbps for P3,500, and 500Mbps for P7000 for their fastest home plan. While Converge offers the most affordable rates, the main disadvantage is the limitations of the coverage area. However, this has steadily improved in the recent months.
Probably the most well known service provider in this list, Sky Broadband provides cable TV, broadband, and mobile data services. Sky’s internet plans start at P699/month for basic connectivity with 4Mbps speed and 20gb data allowance, up to a P3,999 monthly plan with 64Mbps speed and unlimited data allowance. Their basic unli plan starts at P1,299 for a 5Mbps connection with no data cap. Users can also choose from a mix of services that includes fiber-based broadband, SD and HD cable TV, and mobile internet. For those looking for bundled services, Sky’s plans are reasonably priced for residential users.
RISE Internet is primarily a business and SME connectivity provider with focus on reliability and maximum uptime. Their cheapest plan is at P10,000 for a 50Mbps connection with a guaranteed minimum speed of 5Mbps. Those engaged in home-based businesses might want to consider RISE, especially if having a no-fail connection to the Internet is absolutely essential. RISE Internet actively monitors the health of the user’s connection and offers a 99.5% rebate-backed service level agreement.
Owned by Meralco, Radius is a fiber-based service provider that’s been around since the year 2000. Radius’ Dedicated Internet Access plans come in three packages such as the Lite, Standard, and Premium. Radius’ coverage area includes 26 cities and 86 municipalities in the Mega Manila area.
Geared towards business users, Eastern Communications provides both DSL and fiber-based connectivity. Eastern’s Fiber1 plans have speeds that range from 10Mbps to 100Mbps with value-added services such as public IP address and dedicated email. However, coverage area is limited to Makati, Manila, Ortigas, and Caloocan. Outside Metro Manila, Eastern has coverage in the industrial areas of Laguna and Cavite as well as Baguio, Cebu, and Tuguegarao.
Infinivan is a broadband service provider based in Ortigas that utilizes fiber optic technology. Their plans start out at 25Mbps for P21,600 with no data cap. Their fiber broadband services are designed for business and home users. Infinivan’s most expensive plan is 100Mbps which cost P96,000. Their other services that are designed for business users include data co-location, international data line, VOIP, and cloud services.
Ed Geronia is an IT journalist and tech entrepreneur who cofounded Sari Software Solutions.