Sky raises broadband speed bar at 200 Mbps

Internet broadband provider SkyBroadband has announced its collaboration with Cisco for its new ultra-high-speed broadband service that promises up to 200 megabits per second in exclusive villages and subdivisions in Metro Manila.

In comparison, PLDT’s fastest high-end Fibr connection, at Plan 20,000, peaks at 100 Mbps. SkyBroadband, however, has not released the pricing for its new Internet service which it will deliver via cable broadband.

“SkyBroadband’s new ultra-high-speed broadband plans represent a new era of broadband connectivity in the country,” said Rodrigo P. Montinola, chief operating officer for Sky Cable Corp.

“Our collaboration with Cisco has provided us with a more robust and scalable infrastructure, allowing us to provide increased broadband speeds to more subscribers and soon, in more areas nationwide. With its collaboration with Cisco, Sky is able to further establish cable broadband — the standard form of Internet access in many countries as the high-speed platform of choice in the Philippines.”

Statistics:

• According to the ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communications technologies, and the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, the Philippines’ telecommunications sector played a critical role in contributing directly to the country’s economy in 2012. Telecommunication revenues account for 2.5 percent (or $ 5.3 billion) of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), contributing some $267 million annually to economic growth.

• Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2012–2017) notes that there will be an equivalent to 130 billion DVDs per year, 11 billion DVDs per month, or 15 million DVDs per hour of Internet traffic crossing the networks in Asia Pacific.

• There will be nine billion networked devices in Asia Pacific by 2017, up from 5 billion in 2012.

• In Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific, 970 billion minutes (2 million years) of video content will cross the Internet each month in 2017. That’s 369,236 minutes of video streamed or downloaded every second.

“The economic impact of broadband connectivity is critical to transforming Philippines as we connect the unconnected, from businesses and educational institutions to government services, health care providers and homes,” said Stephen Misa, country general manager for Cisco in the Philippines.

“Having SkyBroadband connect Filipino households is the next step in our move toward a digital nation, and we are proud to be a part of this milestone, as Cisco and SkyBroadBand set the bar for residential Internet speeds,” Misa said.

SkyBroadband adopted Cisco Nexus switching technology, allowing it to increase its capacity and expand its IP network.

The company has also updated its cable modem termination system (CMTS) network by shifting to Cisco uBR10000 Series Universal Broadband Routers.

Furthermore, SkyBroadband is using Cisco cable modems with embedded Wi-Fi that allow more Filipino family members to surf at the same time while in their homes.

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