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Filipinos need to work seven hours on average to pay for internet bill

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Having an internet subscription at home has become more important than ever. The new normal has forced most of us to work remotely. Hence having an internet connection at home is crucial.

There’s no denying that the Philippines has one of the most expensive internet costs globally, and a study from Surfshark, a VPN provider, backs that up in its Digital Quality of Life Index.

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As per the study, the Philippines is in the 82nd spot in the rankings for internet prices worldwide. We’re next to Peru (81st) and just above Guatemala (83rd) and Costa Rica (84th).

To afford even the cheapest monthly internet cost, a Filipino with an average take-home pay must work 7 hours and 19 minutes per month. That’s way longer than the global average of three hours and 48 minutes.

In comparison, first-world countries with the cheapest internet cost, like Canada, will only have to work 7 minutes, Iran for 10 minutes, Israel for 23 minutes, Japan for 38, and China for 40.

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Albeit, the results are different in terms of mobile internet. As per the study, a working Filipino with an average take-home salary will only have to work 32 minutes, placing it in the middle of the rankings.

The study reveals that, globally, mobile internet is about 23 times more affordable than fixed and broadband services.

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So, why is the internet in the Philippines so bad? A report from Asia Foundation, through Statista, reveals that building costs for internet infrastructure are higher on island nations like the Philippines.

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Unreliable and sometimes slow satellite internet is being used to reach remote islands and areas.

They also added that bureaucratic challenges adds to the problem.

Via: Esquire Philippines

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