New internet experience from Sky Broadband

New internet experience
By Walter Ang
October 11, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cable internet provider SkyBroadband has launched its 112mbps service, the fastest ultra high speed plan available for residential customers. Speeds of 48mbps and 24mbps are also now offered, all surpassing its high speed connections of 6mbps and 12mbps.

SkyBroadband provides internet connection using the same infrastructure used for the SkyCable cable television service. Cable lines carry more data and allow for higher bandwidths compared to DSL internet connections which use phone lines.

"With this service, we bring the Philippines to the next level, moving closer to first-world countries such as Japan," said Ray Montinola, marketing head of Sky. Japan ranked the highest in a study of 30 countries on the fastest advertised broadband speeds offered commercially and technologically. The study was conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

"We are committed to elevate the Filipino internet experience and contribute to the country's upward path to economic progress," he added, citing a statement made by the International Telecommunications Union's secretary general that broadband is "the next truly transformational technology. It can generate jobs, drive growth and productivity, and underpin long-term economic competitiveness."

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Montinola notes that SkyBroadband is "at the forefront of pushing greater broadband speeds to allow more Filipinos improved access to productivity, entertainment and information sources and applications on the internet."

He said that having this kind of access to high speed will allow users to use multiple online applications without lag, for example, watching uninterrupted streaming high-definition video while downloading large files.

The service also allows subscribers to access exclusive content from SkyCable and sister broadcasting company ABS-CBN at the website.

"Subscribers can watch shows they want, on-demand anytime, for free," he said. "They can catch up the latest telenovela shows in ABS-CBN, the business programs in ANC, the news-breaking developments in foreign cable news shows, and, for the young, the latest music videos on MYX." Live streaming is also available from certain stations.

Bundled packages can include SkyCable service as well as the company's SkyVoice overseas phone call service that uses voice over internet protocol for cheaper rates compared to calls made on phone lines. "This allows our subscribers the convenience of paying for all three services with just one bill," he said.

While lower speed plans are also available, subscribers who avail of the 6mpbs plan and upward are given a personal concierge for service concerns.

The roll-out is in its initial stages and is now available in Rockwell, Makati City in the following buildings: Rizal Tower, Hidalgo Place, Luna Gardens, Amorsolo Square, Joya Lofts and Towers, and The Manansala.

Call 636-9292 loc. 4952 or visit 

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