Wired! Philippines



  The Unofficial Philippine Internet Timeline
By smbea mabelle@msc.net.ph

This is an attempt to present a chronological presentation of the history of Internet in the Philippines. Special thanks are given out to Dr. Rodolfo Villarica, Jim Ayson, and Miguel A.L. Paraz for the materials in this article. We are trying to construct a definitive history of Internet in the Philippines and if you have information on dates related to the growth of Internet in the country, please e-mail them to mabelle@msc.net.ph. We hope that this will be a collaborative effort.


Circa 1986

**Efren Tercias and James Chua of Wordtext Systems operated the first FidoNet BBS, "STAR BBS"


August 1986

**The first public access Philippine BBS, First-Fil RBBS, goes on- line. It was a 24-hour BBS running RBBS v.14 on an XT clone and a 1200 bps modem. Operated by Dan Angeles and Ed Castañeda, First-Fil was semi-commercial with a P1,000 annual subscription fee


Circa 1987

**The First Philippine BBS network was established. This was based on FidoNet protocols.

**Philippine FidoNet Exchange, composed of several BBSes in Metro Manila was formed.


Circa 1991 - 1993


**Presence of e-mail gateways to the Internet

**Establishment of local and international E-Mail to FidoNet users

**Access to local and international message forums, which are very much like newsgroups

**Multinational companies such as Intel, Motorola, Digital, Texas Instrument, NEC, etc.) have their own networks which allowed them to send e-mail either through a direct Internet connection, X.25, or via UUCP.

**Others such as ETPI, Philcom and PLDT ran commercial X.25 networks. This allowed subscribers to connect to AT&T Mail, MCI Mail, and CompuServe and send mail to the Internet. Since X.25 was expensive, not everyone could afford this service.

**The E-Mail Company owned by Joel Disini provided e-mail services to corporate accounts via X.25 and Applelink gateways


**Roberto Verzola's E-Mail Center provided e-mail services to the Philippine NGO community by dialing up an NGO network in London.

**Jonathan Marsden's FebNet which was operated by the Far East Broadcast Network, opened up its private e-mail services to the general public on a subscription basis.


Circa 1990

**A committee headed by Arnie del Rosario of Ateneo de Manila University was commissioned by the National Computer Center (NCC) under Dr. William Torres to study the possibility of creating an academic/research network that would consist of universities and government institutions. Although recommendations were made, the project did not materialize.


June 1993

**The Department of Science and Technology convened a Technical Committee w/ representatives from DOST, Ateneo de Manila University, de la Salle University, University of the Philippine Diliman and University of the Philippines Los Baños


July 1993

**Phase I of the Philnet Project provided a limited electronic facility involving DOST, ADMU, DLSU and UPD and a dial-up to Australia's Victoria University of Technology from ADMU


November 1993

**Phase II of the Philnet Project whereine a grant-in-aid of P12.5M was disposed for the use of PCASTRD-DOST and the Industrial Research Foundation (IRF)


March 1994

**University of the Philippines Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, de la Salle University and the University of San Carlos became part of the network that became first connected to the Internet via CISCO 7000 in Makati 


March 29, 1994

**The first Philippine link to the Internet at the first International E- mail conference in USC, Cebu


April 1994

**The Advance Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) under the DOST, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) joined PHNet


April 13, 1994

**The PHnet Basic Principles and the Internet Code of Conduct were established


May 1994

 **The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and the DOST central office joined PHNet


June 1994

**Mosaic Communications (MozCom) became the first commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the Philippines


October 1994

**The Industrial Research Foundation (IRF), Philippine Network Foundation, Inc. (PFI), Saint Louis University in Baguio (SLU) and Xavier University (XU) became a part of PHNet


December 10, 1994

 **The Network Assistance Group (NAG) was established to provide assistance to ISPs & member nodes


March 1995

**Republic Act 7925, known as the Public Telecommunications Act of the Philippines, was passed. This allowed telecom companies offering value added services to operate without a congressional franchise.


June 1995

**Mindanao State University (MSU), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Asian Institute of Management (AIM), and PDX became connected to PHNet


June - August 1995

**Establishment of commercial ISPs such as IBM Philippines, Globe Telecom's G-Net, Infocom's Sequel.Net, Iphil Communications, and Tridel Net

**Establishment of Commercial Online services such as Virtual Asia and Cybernet Live, which later evloved into ISPs


Circa 1996

**Entry of foreign ISPs in the Philippines such as Asia Online, a HongKong-based online service, and Pacific Internet, a Singapore-based ISP that acquired Philworld

**Bayantel and Sky Internet teamed up to provide the United Network Access (UNA)

**The Philippine Internet Services Organization (PISO) was established


January 1996

**Epicnet, Mail and GSI went online


June 1996

**Connected to Cisco 7000 in Makati: Cebu, Zamboanga, Sorsogon, Davao, Bacolod, Legaspi, Naga


Late 1996

**Establishment of the Philippine Internet Exchange (PHIX)


Circa 1997

**The International Data Corporation (IDC) estimated that there were approximately 85,000 Internet users in the Philippines in 1997

**T1 (1.5 mbps) and E1 (2.048 mbps) connections to US Net providers became more commonplace

**Global roaming networks allowed subscribers of local ISPs to access Net services abroad and be billed locally

**ABS-CBN went online through its ABS-CBN Interactive Web site, as well as GMA Network by tying up with Webquest and coming up with GMANetwork.com

**Major broadsheets such as Businessworld Online, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star, Manila Times and the Philippine Daily Inquirer went online

**Philippine cybermags sprung up: 1969, Internet World Philippines, The Web Philippines and Link

**Establishment of Philippine Network Information Center/Infrastructure Consortium (PHNIC), Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-PH), and user groups such as PhilJUG (java) , PhilPlug (Linux), ISiP (Internet Society of the Philippines), APRICOT (Asia-Pacific Region Internet Conference on Operating Technology)


August 1997

**There were 1090 PH domains


December 1998

**The first Philippine Webby Awards was launched


Brush up on your Philippine Internet History: here are links you can follow if you want to read more about the history of Internet in the Philippines:

Migz Paraz' DEKADA at http://www.bbs.org.ph

Jim Ayson's Archives at http://www.bbs.org.ph/history/jra.html



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