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Types of Internet Access Provider Connections


Internet connection has become a necessity in the new normal whether it’s for online learning or work from home. Before deciding on a provider and plan, you may need to decide on what type of connection would be best for your needs and location.

Related: Compare Internet Providers in the Philippines

Here are the different types of internet access connections to help you decide which service is right for you.


If you remember ISP Bonanza cards, then you probably remember this one. Although this is basically obsolete and hard to find nowadays, this original deserves a mention. This connection requires you to link your landline to a computer to access the internet. It’s definitely not the fastest and it limits your ability to make or receive phone calls when in use. However, this was what opened our eyes to a bigger world in the 90s and early 2000s.

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The Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is a type of affordable highspeed broadband that uses 2 copper wire telephone lines connected to your home to supply an Internet connection. This is why DSL is typically bundled with a landline.

Unlike in dial-up, however, you can still make and receive calls even when someone is using the Internet with this type of broadband. Take note that this type of service is slowly being phased out with the faster fiber optic plans.



Similar to a DSL, Cable Internet is another type of broadband access. However, instead of using copper wire telephone lines, this type of broadband allows you to access the Internet through copper coaxial cable TV lines.

These lines typically deliver faster Internet services than DSL, however, are usually more expensive and come bundled with Cable TV.

Related: Choosing the Right SKY Cable Internet Plan or Bundle



The fastest type of home broadband access, so far, is fiber-optic Internet. This type of broadband allows you to access the Internet through flexible glass wires rather than copper lines or cables.

Related: Converge ICT Internet Plans

The glass wires (protected by larger cables) transfer data through light signals, which is a more efficient process than transferring data through sound frequencies (cable and DSL). This is exactly why fiber-optic connections are faster than their copper and coaxial cable counterparts.

Take note that, since this is a relatively new service, it’s a bit more expensive than your typical DSL connection.

Related: Globe Fiber Plans


Fixed Wireless

Instead of using telephone and cable networks, wireless networks use a modem to pick up radio frequency or Internet signals from cell towers then distributes the connection to any location under its network coverage.

This comes in prepaid and postpaid versions. The prepaid versions of this connection are some of the most affordable today. However, you need to be in a place with a good signal to experience the best of this service.

Related: Prepaid VS Postpaid: Which PLDT WiFi Plan Should You Get



Satellite Internet is also a wireless connection. But unlike your fixed wireless, this requires a dish or antenna rather than cable lines or copper wires to transfer data. In the Philippines, satellite Internet is faster since, unlike DSL and cable, there are fewer customers using at the same time.

Satellite internet is also used primarily for corporate accounts and other institutions that require ultra speeds. Take note, though, that weather conditions may affect the Internet connection since the Satellite signal travels up through the atmosphere.


Pay Internet Bills using your Coins Wallet

Whether prepaid wireless, cable, or fiber, you can buy internet load or pay your postpaid internet bills using your Coins Wallet. (Read: What Bills Can I Pay using Coins?)

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