Complain all you want but the internet speed in the Philippines actually increased despite the pandemic-related lockdowns, typhoons and the surge in demand.
This is based on the November report of Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence, testing applications, and technology.
For fixed broadband, the latest report reflected the country’s average download speed at 28.69Mbps, a 262.71 percent increase from its download speed of 7.91Mbps back in July 2016.
Meanwhile, mobile network overall performance yielded an average download speed of 18.49Mbps showing an increase of 148.52 percent from 7.44Mbps four years ago.
Notably, the improvements were seen during the time the country was hit by a string of super typhoons.
The report also comes at a time when telcos reported a 500 percent jump in demand for internet services due to the rise of work, education, and entertainment-related usage brought about by the lockdowns.
Moving forward, Ookla said the country’s internet speed is expected to improve further as local government units (LGUs) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) have promised to extend their full cooperation in expediting the issuance of permits related to building cellular towers.
“Expediting the processing of permits to enable the telco industry to build the infrastructure needed to improve connectivity in the country was an appeal done previously by Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu,” the Ookla report said.
“Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that more than 2,200 applications for permits of telco firms to build cell towers had been approved recently in a move to fast-track construction of cell sites for better connectivity services by the end of the year,” it added.
The telco market competition, which is currently dominated by Smart and Globe, is also expected to intensify early next year as DITO Telecommunity launches its operations in March 2021.