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5 things you should know about Converge ICT Fiber Internet!

Converge ICT Fiber Internet

Internet in the Philippines is not only one of the slowest but also one of the most expensive in Asia. We Filipinos know the dance too well. You pay  1,500 a month and you get a measly 1-3mbps connection that most of the time comes with data capping. Pages take too long to load and downloads are a pain in the ass.

Why is it like this?

I guess we can blame overcapacity and the looming duopoly between PLDT and Globe. According to AGB Nielsen Philippines, about 48.35% of Filipinos regularly access the internet. That's about 50 million people squeezing their data inside congested internet cables. We can also point our fingers to Globe and PLDT. We have plenty of Internet Service Providers here in the Philippines, but the two practically controls all the outgoing data pipes. So yeah, we can say that there's a duopoly in play.


Lately, I've heard news about a new player in town. The company is named Converge Philippines and it seems promising. Not much information on the web is available about the company but here's what we know so far.

1. Converge offers 20MBPS No data cap pure fiber optic connection for 1,500

Their plans are surprisingly flexible. You can get a 20 megabit per second fiber optic connection for 1,500 a month. If you're still not convinced, Converge also comes with unlimited internet data. You've heard that right. NO DATA CAPPING! Plans these days that don't have data capping are extremely hard to find. Most comes with a limited data allocation monthly. Speeds can go as fast as 100mpbs at 3,500 a month. They promise 80% speed reliability and you'll be required to pay a one-time installation fee of 2,500You can know more about Converge internet plans here.

Converge ICT Fiber Internet
their plans are pretty competitive 

2. Their internet is so reliable that even the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) uses it.

The Philippine Stock Exchange has shown enough trust and confidence in its technology to have it as its connectivity provider. Likewise, it is the Internet service provider for the Manila city government’s free WiFi services.

3. It's only available in select areas around the country


If there's one thing that stops Converge from being a major player in the local ISP industry, it would be its coverage. Although it also covers Metro Manila, its major concentration is Central Luzon and parts of Western Luzon. It is also present in Subic Freeport and Clark Freeport.  The little-known ISP is inching its way to Northern Luzon with its infrastructure currently being laid down in Tarlac. See if your area is covered. 


Converge ICT Fiber Internet
this gives you symmetric download and upload speeds unlike DSLs which are suckers for uploading huge amounts of data

4. It uses end-to-end pure fiber technology

Copper wires are vulnerable to grounding when it rains. On the other hand, microwave transmitters used by wireless Internet providers have their signals blocked or considerably slowed down by clouds and falling rain each time there is inclement weather. That's not the case with Fiber. Fiber-optic cables enable Internet connectivity speeds as fast as up to the speed of light. As a result, Converge Fiber internet is able to offer all customers symmetric and amazingly fast bandwidth speeds. 


dennis anthony uy ceo of converge comclark ict fiber internet
Dennis Anthony Uy, CEO of Converge Comclar


5. They hope to 'fiberize' the whole Philippines 


The problem with internet is that the growth of usage is too fast. Telcos are having a hard time coping with the upgrade and demand. Even with about 7,000 cell sites around the country, it is not enough because wireless have capacities and, therefore, have limitations.


 "They are simply congested that is why we have slow Internet, that is why we need to ‘fiberize’ all these."  
             -Dennis Anthony Uy, Converge Comclark CEO

Fiber seems to be the next logical step in the internet evolution. More than 100 million homes in the Asia-Pacific region is already connected to fiber-optic cables. The biggest is Korea, where 99 percent of the houses are connected to fiber, while the third is in Japan where about 70 percent to 80 percent of homes are connected to fiber, here in the Philippines, only about 1 percent of homes are connected to fiber. That pretty much explains why our internet here in the Philippines is quite slow. Our data is running on legacy-based systems. It will take a while before big telcos like Globe and PLDT fully migrate to these new systems. It's important for little-known ISPs to remind giants like Globe and PLDT of competition for them to continue innovating. Competition creates friction in the marketplace and that could only be good for us consumers. 


16 comments:

  1. Seems interesting but the price is challenging. Maybe someday they will lessen it. :)

    www.angelfloree.com

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    1. The price is actually amazing considering what you get from it. It's the lowest price you can get for a fiber optic internet connection. Plans from Globe/Pldt on this tier level are priced way above 1,500. To put things into perspective, an 8MBPS DSL plan from PLDT can cost upwards of 2,500 a month and it always comes with data capping. :)

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  2. I'm glad more and more companies are offering fiber. No data cap sounds awesome to me!

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  3. This is wonderful news for everyone. Internet is EXTREMELY significant in people's lives nowadays, and most cannot survive without it. So really, this is something huge! Thank you for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Connection is one of the basic needs in this modern and digital age. Its like food, shelter and clothing. I find this technology promising. But its quite pricey compared to my current internet provider.. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. The price is good for me! It's affordable! I'm at 1500 a month for Globe now with a 50GB data and it's just LTE! I wish they'll add more sites and area. I am interested on this!

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  6. This is good news for the whole Philippine nation! I hope having Converge in the circle would serve as a warning message to Globe and PLDT that they should effing fix their services!

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  7. This is good news! We should have another player in telco services because the big ones are already taking advantage. I hope they expand soon on other provinces so I can switch and try.

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  8. This is interesting. I would love for us to change from PLDT DSL to Converge. I hope our area is covered by them. I wonder how much their installation fee is. Usually when one avails fiber optic, one has to pay a one-time installation fee before one can avail of the monthly service. -Me-An Clemente

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  9. This would be a great help to frequent internet users like me. I hope this can ease the burden that we are experiencing with existing telco companies in the country

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is good news! We have to admit that our internet situation here in the country is crappy and it's nice to see a new player giving us customers more options for our money.

    ReplyDelete
  11. That is very affordable for a fiber connection! Is it limited to companies only or can they cater for residential lines as well?

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  12. Has anyone used this for online gaming like league of legends for multiple pc's? Any feedback on it?

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  13. It will likely be a while before they deploy in Cebu. The good news is PLDT has been forced by this competition to start deploying fiber (HOME FIBR). It will supposedly be available in my subdivision (Sto Nino Village) in about 3 months. I'm getting a 20 mbps line for P1899 a month). Competition is GOOD.

    ReplyDelete
  14. T1 and T3 Lines are two of the most widely used connectivity options by business companies all over the world. The T1 Line, also known as the leased line, has the capacity to provide internet speeds of more than 1.544 Mbps.this page

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5 things you should know about Converge ICT Fiber Internet!

Converge ICT Fiber Internet

Internet in the Philippines is not only one of the slowest but also one of the most expensive in Asia. We Filipinos know the dance too well. You pay  1,500 a month and you get a measly 1-3mbps connection that most of the time comes with data capping. Pages take too long to load and downloads are a pain in the ass.

Why is it like this?

I guess we can blame overcapacity and the looming duopoly between PLDT and Globe. According to AGB Nielsen Philippines, about 48.35% of Filipinos regularly access the internet. That's about 50 million people squeezing their data inside congested internet cables. We can also point our fingers to Globe and PLDT. We have plenty of Internet Service Providers here in the Philippines, but the two practically controls all the outgoing data pipes. So yeah, we can say that there's a duopoly in play.


Lately, I've heard news about a new player in town. The company is named Converge Philippines and it seems promising. Not much information on the web is available about the company but here's what we know so far.

1. Converge offers 20MBPS No data cap pure fiber optic connection for 1,500

Their plans are surprisingly flexible. You can get a 20 megabit per second fiber optic connection for 1,500 a month. If you're still not convinced, Converge also comes with unlimited internet data. You've heard that right. NO DATA CAPPING! Plans these days that don't have data capping are extremely hard to find. Most comes with a limited data allocation monthly. Speeds can go as fast as 100mpbs at 3,500 a month. They promise 80% speed reliability and you'll be required to pay a one-time installation fee of 2,500You can know more about Converge internet plans here.

Converge ICT Fiber Internet
their plans are pretty competitive 

2. Their internet is so reliable that even the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) uses it.

The Philippine Stock Exchange has shown enough trust and confidence in its technology to have it as its connectivity provider. Likewise, it is the Internet service provider for the Manila city government’s free WiFi services.

3. It's only available in select areas around the country


If there's one thing that stops Converge from being a major player in the local ISP industry, it would be its coverage. Although it also covers Metro Manila, its major concentration is Central Luzon and parts of Western Luzon. It is also present in Subic Freeport and Clark Freeport.  The little-known ISP is inching its way to Northern Luzon with its infrastructure currently being laid down in Tarlac. See if your area is covered. 


Converge ICT Fiber Internet
this gives you symmetric download and upload speeds unlike DSLs which are suckers for uploading huge amounts of data

4. It uses end-to-end pure fiber technology

Copper wires are vulnerable to grounding when it rains. On the other hand, microwave transmitters used by wireless Internet providers have their signals blocked or considerably slowed down by clouds and falling rain each time there is inclement weather. That's not the case with Fiber. Fiber-optic cables enable Internet connectivity speeds as fast as up to the speed of light. As a result, Converge Fiber internet is able to offer all customers symmetric and amazingly fast bandwidth speeds. 


dennis anthony uy ceo of converge comclark ict fiber internet
Dennis Anthony Uy, CEO of Converge Comclar


5. They hope to 'fiberize' the whole Philippines 


The problem with internet is that the growth of usage is too fast. Telcos are having a hard time coping with the upgrade and demand. Even with about 7,000 cell sites around the country, it is not enough because wireless have capacities and, therefore, have limitations.


 "They are simply congested that is why we have slow Internet, that is why we need to ‘fiberize’ all these."  
             -Dennis Anthony Uy, Converge Comclark CEO

Fiber seems to be the next logical step in the internet evolution. More than 100 million homes in the Asia-Pacific region is already connected to fiber-optic cables. The biggest is Korea, where 99 percent of the houses are connected to fiber, while the third is in Japan where about 70 percent to 80 percent of homes are connected to fiber, here in the Philippines, only about 1 percent of homes are connected to fiber. That pretty much explains why our internet here in the Philippines is quite slow. Our data is running on legacy-based systems. It will take a while before big telcos like Globe and PLDT fully migrate to these new systems. It's important for little-known ISPs to remind giants like Globe and PLDT of competition for them to continue innovating. Competition creates friction in the marketplace and that could only be good for us consumers. 


16 comments:

  1. Seems interesting but the price is challenging. Maybe someday they will lessen it. :)

    www.angelfloree.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The price is actually amazing considering what you get from it. It's the lowest price you can get for a fiber optic internet connection. Plans from Globe/Pldt on this tier level are priced way above 1,500. To put things into perspective, an 8MBPS DSL plan from PLDT can cost upwards of 2,500 a month and it always comes with data capping. :)

      Delete
  2. I'm glad more and more companies are offering fiber. No data cap sounds awesome to me!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is wonderful news for everyone. Internet is EXTREMELY significant in people's lives nowadays, and most cannot survive without it. So really, this is something huge! Thank you for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Connection is one of the basic needs in this modern and digital age. Its like food, shelter and clothing. I find this technology promising. But its quite pricey compared to my current internet provider.. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. The price is good for me! It's affordable! I'm at 1500 a month for Globe now with a 50GB data and it's just LTE! I wish they'll add more sites and area. I am interested on this!

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is good news for the whole Philippine nation! I hope having Converge in the circle would serve as a warning message to Globe and PLDT that they should effing fix their services!

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is good news! We should have another player in telco services because the big ones are already taking advantage. I hope they expand soon on other provinces so I can switch and try.

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is interesting. I would love for us to change from PLDT DSL to Converge. I hope our area is covered by them. I wonder how much their installation fee is. Usually when one avails fiber optic, one has to pay a one-time installation fee before one can avail of the monthly service. -Me-An Clemente

    ReplyDelete
  9. This would be a great help to frequent internet users like me. I hope this can ease the burden that we are experiencing with existing telco companies in the country

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is good news! We have to admit that our internet situation here in the country is crappy and it's nice to see a new player giving us customers more options for our money.

    ReplyDelete
  11. That is very affordable for a fiber connection! Is it limited to companies only or can they cater for residential lines as well?

    ReplyDelete
  12. Has anyone used this for online gaming like league of legends for multiple pc's? Any feedback on it?

    ReplyDelete
  13. It will likely be a while before they deploy in Cebu. The good news is PLDT has been forced by this competition to start deploying fiber (HOME FIBR). It will supposedly be available in my subdivision (Sto Nino Village) in about 3 months. I'm getting a 20 mbps line for P1899 a month). Competition is GOOD.

    ReplyDelete
  14. T1 and T3 Lines are two of the most widely used connectivity options by business companies all over the world. The T1 Line, also known as the leased line, has the capacity to provide internet speeds of more than 1.544 Mbps.this page

    ReplyDelete

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