The country’s latest fixed broadband download speed accelerated to 66.55Mbps, 741.34% higher than the 7.91Mbps speed recorded at the start of the Duterte administration in July 2016 Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index report for June.
The latest mobile speed increased to 32.84Mbps from 7.44Mbps speed or 341.40% during that period.
The Speedtest Global Index began monthly global rankings in August 2017. At that time, the country’s internet speed was ranked 94th out of 133 countries for fixed broadband and 100th out of 122 countries for mobile.
Currently, out of 181 countries, the fixed broadband speed of the Philippines is ranked 62nd. For mobile, out of 137 countries, PH ranks 75th.
The fixed broadband average download speed of 66.55Mbps in June recorded a 3-notch increase in the global ranking compared to last May. Likewise, the mobile average download speed of 32.84Mbps on mobile recorded a 2 -notch increase in the global ranking compared to last May.
Of the 50 countries in Asia, PH internet speed is now ranked 17th for fixed broadband and 23rd for mobile.
Internet speed faster under Duterte administration
In Asia-Pacific, the Philippines is 14th for fixed broadband and 13th for mobile out of 46 countries. In ASEAN, PH ranks 5th both in fixed broadband and mobile out of 10 countries.
The huge lift in the Philippines’ rankings in recent months is due to the Duterte administration’s widespread support for the issuance of LGU permits needed to accelerate the improvement of telco infrastructure.
World Bank and the National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) joint study in October 2020 revealed that Filipinos are paying one of the most costly but slowest internet connections in the world.
The study entitled “A Better Normal Under COVID-19: Digitalizing the Philippine Economy Now” showed the Philippines fell behind neighboring middle-income countries in terms of key indicators concerning Internet services.
The report said 57 percent or 12.2 million Filipino families still do not have access to the Internet while those who are connected suffer from slow download speeds.