Bilyonaryo Dennis Anthony Uy has joined PLDT chairman, president and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan and Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu in their catfight on download speeds.
For the Converge ICT Solutions founder and CEO, there is no debate on which broadband provider has the fastest service in the country.
As the country’s only pure end-to-end fiber optic provider, Uy said Converge’s basic FiberX plan at 35 megabit per second was seven times faster than the entry-level 5 Mbps plan offered by PLDT and Globe.
Uy reckoned PLDT and G.Globe would never catch up with Converge as long as they still use the old DSL (digital subscriber line) technology which runs on copper telephone lines that were a “100 times slower than fiber optic cables that transmit date in the form of light via ultra-thin glass strands.”
Uy said fiber optics was hands down much superior than the fixed wireless technology which he described as “unstable, slower and more expensive.”
Uy agreed with Cu when the latter cautioned Pangilinan against making “sweeping statements” about PLDT having the fastest rated internet speed in the country and that it was its rivals Globe and Converge that were pulling the country’s global speed rankings down.
“I will be very careful about making statements given that we are in a similar position (with PLDT) as legacy telco, given the fact that they compete with an upstart like Converge – an all-fiber company,” said Cu in a media briefing on May 7.
“It would be very difficult to say they would pull the speeds down when on average, the speed of an all-fiber network will be faster than a hybrid network that PLDT and Globe have,” added Cu who noted user experience was as important as speed in comparing Globe with PLDT and Converge.
The previous day, Pangilinan harrumphed: “We’d be much better. I think our numbers are being pulled down by competitors…If PLDT will be the sole telco in the country today, our rankings would be 15 places higher.”
To settle the issue, Uy suggested that Ookla and other speed watchers should focus its tests on the cheapest packages offered PLDT, Globe and Converge.
“Speed tests only represent a small sample size, using defined parameters set by an organization. Across the fixed broadband sector, most customers are subscribed to the lowest, entry level plans. Thus, it’s important to show speedtest results that consistently reflect what the majority of subscribers sign up for and not a minority of high-end users may experience,” said Uy in a statement.