Despite Net growth, old problems persist

Despite Net growth, old problems persist

Internet service providers (ISPs) in the Philippines are unfazed by new access technologies and the new competition from cable and satellite providers, but worry rather about interconnection, security, and the low level of PC penetration.

Five years after the Philippines was officially connected to the Internet, the country has a mere 130 ISPs, mostly resellers, and a subscriber base of a relatively paltry 521,135, according to figures coming from WS Research, the local affiliate of International Data Corp (IDC).

This was, however, a hefty 138 per cent more than the user base of 218,670 in 1998. IDC reports that Internet subscribers have more than doubled every year since 1995, except during the 1997-98 period, when growth slowed to 41 per cent. IDC predicts Internet users will continue to grow in the Philippines, albeit at a slower pace, as the overall user base expands to 825,327 next year, and 1.3 million by the year 2001.

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