For almost a month now, my PLDT DSL has been slow and intermittent. I subscribed for the 384kbps package (Plan 990) but I get only about 100 to 200 kbps download speeds using PC Pitstop. SpeedTest.Net, on the other hand, shows 300 to 400 kbps download speed.
At first glance, you may say that the Speedtest.Net is showing normal speed as advertised. However, you have to know that with SpeedTest.Net, you are testing your connection from your local area to a PLDT network server somewhere in Makati.
This is misleading. PLDT representatives (and other ISP reps) *might* tell you that surfing domestic sites (sites hosted on Philippine servers) should be fine and surfing international sites is expected to be less than the advertised DSL speed since these sites are geographically farther. This is hogwash. About 98% of web sites are hosted internationally (mostly in the United States). OK, 98% is just a guess but you get the point – there just aren’t that many sites hosted in the Philippines. So, when you subscribe for an Internet connection, you are planning to visit international sites!
Besides, with today’s technologies, geographical location has got nothing to do with connection speed.
That is why I prefer to use PC Pitstop for testing my DSL speed. It tests your connection from your local area to an international server. It’s the whole point of having a DSL connection, to be able to access international sites with ease.
Having said all of those, I still think I can live with about 100kbps bandwidth but the intermittent connection just kills me. It messes up my MMORP Games. How can I level up as fast as I would like to? It makes me inefficient with my work. My work relies on a stable Internet connection.
I would like to upgrade my connection to, say, 2mbps, so maybe I can get actual speeds of 300 to 500 kbps. Also, maybe upgrading will force local PLDT technicians to look into my infrastructure. What do you think? Novel idea? Overacting? However, even having a 2mpbs plan is not a guarantee.
Even if that plan works, my wife won’t allow me. She says I’m just doing this to satisfy my network gaming needs. She doesn’t believe I’m just planning the upgrade so she can download movies faster and I can work more efficiently. Well, I forgot she’s really not a big fan of movie downloads. Neither am I, by the way.
So, why is this happening MVP? MVP, of course, is Manny V. Pangilinan. If you don’t know him, just Google him. Ever since MVP took over PLDT and SMART, both companies have shown great progress.
I almost forgot to mention that we live in a condo building that only has PLDT as the telephone/DSL option. So, I’m stuck. I would like to transfer to Bayan DSL, which has its own problems though not as catastrophic as PLDT’s, but it’s just not possible. I have Bayan DSL set up in our store/office and it’s another horrifying experience altogether.
Maybe it’s Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s fault again?
Wait a minute! I think I know where the problem is. I am subscribed to the wrong plan. I think I got the 384bps plan. Yes, it’s not 384kbps. It’s 384 bps. Look at the screenshot below, taken from the PLDT myDSL site.
Ah, life. It’s fun, ain’t it?