Philippine internet among worst, and most expensive, in the world

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The Philippines has the second slowest download speed among 22 Asian countries, according to a study on Internet speeds released in May 2015.

In its household download index, Internet metrics provider Ookla found that the country averaged a speed of just 3.64 megabits per second (Mbps), which ranked 176th out of 202 countries worldwide.

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Globally, the average broadband download speed is 23.3 Mbps, nearly eight times faster than the Philippines.

Only one Asian country, Afghanistan, had slower speeds.

Here is the list in full:

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1. Singapore: 122.43 Mbps
2. Hong Kong: 102.96 Mbps
3. Japan: 82.12 Mbps
4. South Korea: 59.77 Mbps
5. Macau: 50.66 Mbps
6. Taiwan: 50.59 Mbps
7. Thailand: 19.82 Mbps
8. Mongolia: 17.92 Mbps
9. Vietnam: 17.70 Mbps
10. Bangladesh: 9.86 Mbps
11. Cambodia: 9.04 Mbps
12. Nepal: 8.63 Mbps
13. Brunei: 7.99 Mbps
14. Bhutan: 7.82 Mbps
15. India: 7.04 Mbps
16. Malaysia: 7.03 Mbps
17. Laos: 6.92 Mbps
18. Indonesia: 6.68 Mbps
19. Myanmar: 6.54 Mbps
20. Pakistan: 4.00 Mbps
21. Philippines: 3.64 Mbps
22. Afghanistan: 2.52 Mbps

Ookla collated the data from speed tests on its website, gathering the results between April 18 and May 17.

Despite the slow download speeds, the Philippines also has some of the most expensive Internet connections in the world.

The study showed that Philippine Internet users spend $18.19 per Mbps, compared to an average of $5.21 worldwide. This put the Philippines at 161st of 202 countries.

Last year, the Philippine Senate opened up a probe to look into the quality of Internet services in the country.

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