Information technology plays a very important role in our lives. One of its most important product is the internet. It changes the way people communicate. It improves the lives of billions of people living on this planet. Want to find answers to your very important questions in your life? You can search them on Google or Yahoo!. Want to communicate with your love ones in an instant like talking face to face? Use Facebook chat or Yahoo Messenger. Wherever you are, information touches you and changes you. That's why, we cannot underestimate the power of those who provide internet services.
To guide you on your journey of finding the best internet service provider in the Philippines, we bring you a list of Top 10 Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the Philippines. Details on how one ISP compares to the other are provided. Data provided below are focused on total number of subscribers of their internet services they provide.
1. Smart Broadband Inc.
It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Smart Communications, Inc.. It offers an wireless internet broadband service, Smart Broadband (SmartBro), with 1.73 million total subscribers at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. While Smart Communications, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).
2. Globe Telecom
It provides mobile, fixed line and broadband internet services. Under fixed line and broadband services, it offers Globe Tattoo internet service which has 1.7 million total subscribers in 2012.
3. Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is the undisputed largest telecommunications company in the Philippines. It offers PLDT myDSL internet service which has 829,000 total subscribers in 2012
4. Sun Cellular [Digitel Mobile Philippines, Inc. (DMPI)]
Established on September 2001, Digitel Mobile Philippines, Inc. (DMPI), commercially known as Sun Cellular is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Digitel, and is one of the Philippines' leading mobile telecommunications companies. It offers Suncellular Broadband internet service which has 650,000 total subscribers in 2012.
5. Bayan Telecommunications, Inc. (BayanTel)
Formerly known as International Communications Corporation and was incorporated in April 18, 1961. It's the operating arm of Bayan Telecommunications Holdings Corporation (BTHC). It offers Bayan DSL internet service which has 132,000 total subscribers in 2012.
6. Meridian Telekoms Inc.
7. Sky Cable
The pioneer of broadband wireless data services in the Philippines. Established in 1996, Meridian Telekoms is primarily engaged in providing wireless broadband and data services to small-and-medium-scale businesses nationwide. Meridian was actually the first internet telecom firm in the Philippines to focus primarily on highspeed data and internet services using the broadband technology. In 2004, Smart Communications, Inc. acquired 100% of this company.
Established in 1990, Sky Cable provides cable tv service, voice/telephony and broadband internet services called Sky Broadband. Overall, it has over 700,000 total subscribers in 2012 and that includes broadband internet subscribers. No specific data has been published yet on Sky Cable's website regarding the total number of broadband internet subscribers.
8. Eastern Telecom Philippines Inc.
It is the first and only local major telecommunication company to be ISO-certified, testifying to the quality systems and processes that the entire organization employs to ensure service excellence and customer satisfaction. It offers data, voice and internet services. No data has been published on their website or on any other reliable sources regarding the total number of its subscribers or customers.
9. Bell Telecommunication Philippines Inc.
It's a full-service telecommunications company that began its commercial operations in January 2002. It offers phone/voice, data, internet, web development/hosting, email hosting services and leased lines. No data has been published on their website or on any other reliable sources regarding the total number of its subscribers or customers.
10. Wi-tribe Telecoms Inc.
A subsidiary of Liberty Telecoms Holdings, Inc., Wi-tribe Telecoms offers wireless broadband internet service. No data has been published on their website or on any other reliable sources regarding the total number of its subscribers or customers.
Reference: Data are gathered from respective latest press releases of each telco companies' websites.