Two of the country’s leading telecommunications companies have signed a landmark deal that aims to improve the Philippines’ highly underdeveloped internet service, just in time for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s incoming administration.
Under a memorandum of agreement, PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. have agreed to use a bilateral internet protocol peering system, GMA News reported.
The peering system will allow the users of both networks to directly connect with each other instead of going through other external internet networks which slows the process of data transfer.
“By keeping local traffic local, we improve the internet experience of both PLDT and Globe subscribers,” PLDT Executive Vice President Ernesto Alberto said.
“The intention here is to keep local traffic within the country which should lower latency due to less hops and thus, should result in marked improvements in fixed broadband and mobile internet services in the country,” he added.
The agreement is expected to be implemented in 30 days. Both companies have also committed to improving the peering system after its initial deployment.
PLDT and Globe have earlier expressed their willingness to speed up the country’s sluggish internet speed after Duterte called out all local internet providers to improve their service or face competition.
In terms of internet speed, the Philippines is among the bottom dwellers in Asia with an average household download speed of only 3.64 Mbps despite charging at least thrice the average of international internet service rates.
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