The true PH internet speed

Published December 9, 2020, 9:42 AM

by Wilson Chua

The NTC recently released a report showing the massive improvement of the internet in the country. While we agree that there are improvements (since 2016), ordinary users however are saying that the present internet speed is still problematic.

ProjectBASS.org published its own chart (shown below) that belies NTC’s claim on national broadband speed.

In particular, ProjectBASS.org likes to highlight the things that Government officials (NTC, Senate, Congress) should be aware of before relying on OTHER speedtest reports without scrutinizing the underlying data.

  1. Other Speedtests use the AVERAGE to compute the total figure. ProjectBASS uses MEDIAN. This is less susceptible to LARGE outlier values. How is Average vs Median different? Suppose we have one measure of 10gpbs and 100 measures of 1mbps, using the AVERAGE method will produce a speed of 10.891 Mbps. However, using the MEDIAN method will result in a speed of 1Mbps. Average measures are SENSITIVE to that single LARGE outlier value.
  2. Other Speedtest allows measures taken during off-peak hours. This naturally results in higher than REALITY measures- since there are fewer users at those times.
  3. Other Speedtests measures from INSIDE the telco. This means that the ‘results’ aren’t really measuring the INTERNET as experienced by the USERS. Rather, it measures the LAST mile of the user to the telco. This is not a good measure of INTERNET speed.

However, ProjectBASS.org needs more volunteers to help map the Philippine internet and provide an alternative source of data that the Government can rely on for their planning and monitoring purposes. Please visit http://projectbass.org and scroll down to install the mobile app.

 
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