For the longest time now a lot of Filipinos have been complaining about how misleading the advertisements are of broadband providers. Telcos come up with billboards, commercials, and ads stating that you can get “up to 2 MBPS” but you rarely even hit 1.5 MBS on a good day. Thanks to all of the complaints flooding the Department of Trade and Industry the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) finally is working on a revised Memorandum Order that will force telcos to state the minimum speed of the connections they are offering. This should be included in all forms of advertising regardless if it’s on TV or in print.
The only downside to the new MO is that Telcos can also cap your daily data volume (downloads). This is a bit alarming but I’ll give the NTC and the telcos the benefit of the doubt for now. The MO is a bit vague with the guidelines on this saying that the cap should come with a “service reliability of at least 80%”. Eighty percent of what? Hopefully this will get clarified in the next few weeks. This might have an impact on users who do a lot of torrent downloads.
There’s no news yet on when this will be formally issued but I heard from friends in the industry that it should be in the first quarter of 2011.