Malapascua’s internet upgrade
Thanks to the continued efforts of Matt Reed of Evolution Dive Resort and the Malapascua Business Association in campaigning for a reliable internet service for Malapascua Island; we have secured a commitment from Globe for a comprehensive upgrade plan spanning the next 24 months.
Malapascua’s internet master plan
The initial phase of the upgrade was to shrink the LTE 4G network area so it can cope with the number of concurrent connected devices more effectively. This is a temporary measure to create a workable internet solution by putting the bulk of users onto the less saturated and larger 3G network while the subsequent upgrades follow. For those who are still experiencing internet usability issued it’s recommended that you switch your router to only use the 3G network.
By the end of this month (June 2016), the up-link to the mainland will have been upgraded from 300Mbit/second to 2 X 500Mbit/second (1Gbit over two channels). This effectively provides the island with around three times the bandwidth capacity which will improve download speeds and website load times for everyone!
The upgrades don’t stop there though because Globe has recognized the potential of Malapascua as a site for significant development and expansion. The next phase of the Globe Master plan is to build a temporary additional tower on the south east of the island. This “Lego tower” will take approximately three months to complete and it will host another 1Gbit/second up-link to the mainland, doubling our bandwidth capacity again.
In all Globe will be installing three additional full size towers over the next 18 months (similar to the tower behind Thresher Shark Divers). Each new tower will also support a 1Gbit/second connection to provide the island with 4 Gbit/second (13 times our current bandwidth and full island coverage of the super fast 4G LTE network.
Also popular areas such as the beaches may get micro antennas installed to cover increased load in busy periods. All in all we will have some of the fastest and most reliable internet of any small islands, even better than some mainland cities too.
Dedicated to Malapascua
These upgrades could not have been made possible if it wasn’t for the Malapascua Business Association, with their members and their friends pooling resources to form an effective petition for Globe. We must also thank Globe for their visionary response and commitment for a better future.
We’ve come a long way in the last few years, the next few years are set to be a lot brighter too.
Below is one of the charts from the usability study provided to Globe to show the internet availability in Malapascua over the course of a week. The signatures of Malapascua Business Association members and this report were forwarded to Globe requesting that they investigate the problems we had been experiencing.
from the 1st of July another week of testing will commence to produce a comparative chart. Click here for an interactive version of this chart.
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