Calamities Bring Up Broadband Speeds



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Who would have thought that I’d get speed ups whenever there is a calamity? I know I shouldn’t be happy,[1] but who wouldn’t? I’ve been downloading at a semi-steady rate of ±100 kiB/s, and have been getting boosts of up to 175 kiB/s on BitTorrent and above 200 kiB/s on linear HTTP downloads.

I’ve posted about this certain speed up last December after the Pacific earthquake that destroyed international underwater communication lines connecting South East Asia. The test result from that entry was already gone, but I have another bookmarked result dating around that time, which probably is just below to what speed I’ve had back then:

TestMy.Net Test Score: 775 kbps or 95 kB/s

And now, during the rage of Egay in this storm season, I get this:

SpeedTest.Net DL: 2275 kb/s UL: 508 kb/s

Amazing, isn’t it? Thinking that I still have that cheapest old myDSL plan, which isn’t NGN yet, advertised at 384 kbps. I think I’ve currently downloaded 2.5 GiB of data within the last 24 hours, not including what my father had on our desktop. Any more ideas on what to leech? I have to get the most out of this before the Sun comes. Heh.

Anyway, are you experiencing this as well? One friend of mine have had comparable results, but not everyone on the same ISP. I really don’t think PLDT has had my connection upgraded yet, for they required me to pass a speed increase application form for old subscribers that I still haven’t done yet.[2]

Test your speed now, and comment below to tell me I’m not the only one who should be happy. ^^


  1. ^ well, about the calamities
  2. ^ I know, what the hell, right? It should be automatic!


10 responses to “Calamities Bring Up Broadband Speeds”

  1. Good for you. I’m happy for you, but I’d be happier if there’s any way you could share the speed with me. :p

    PS: Success yung drive installation. Thanks, Aja! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Go here! Heh. Just bring your own hard disk drive as mine is almost full … again! ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. woot! samantalang ako 28.8 Kbps. bumagal pa lalo… dial-up na nga. pakshet. haha..

    magkaka-dsl na kami sa sept! yay! sana matuloy… haha.. ๐Ÿ˜› ilang beses na din napurnada eh..

  4. At least magkakaroon ka na rin. PLDT MyDSL ba ang aapplyan niyo? Up to 1 Mbps na ‘ung PHP 999/month nila sa NGN. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. meron na! up to 1mbps nga! cool! gulat ako ambilis nalagat. sabi after two weeks pa eh. 1 week lang meron na! kaso sayang may pasok na ako bukas hindi ko malulubos.. hehe ๐Ÿ˜›

  6. Wow. o________O

    Nagbago na yata ang PLDT ngayon. Hopefully, tuluy-tuloy na nilang alagaan ang kanilang subscribers.

  7. Well, due to the weather, my connection continues to f*ck up on me.

  8. Wow! that’s fast for a DSL connection in the Phils, right? You can say that it’s a blessing in disguise. ๐Ÿ™‚

    If only storms weren’t dangerous and catastrophic, you could probably say “I wish there were storms everyday”. Hehe

  9. @Euri: Are you on a wireless broadband service? I really think those are susceptible to bad weather conditions.

    @Jaypee: The speed actually persists even now that the storms are gone. I really think it is a blessing, just not in disguise anymore. ๐Ÿ˜›