Ookla Speedtest Global Index report showed an increase in mobile speed as the country yielded an average download speed of 35.03Mbps from 33.7Mbps the month before.
The latest download speed represents a month-to-month improvement of 3.73% for mobile. The speed represents an improvement of 370.83% since the Duterte administration began in July 2016.
The country’s fixed broadband speed dipped slightly with 71.85Mbps registered in September 2021 compared to 72.56Mbps in August. The speed represents an improvement of 808.34% since the Duterte administration began in July 2016.
The improvement shows Philippine mobile speed now ranks 72nd out of 138 countries and fixed broadband speed now ranks 64th out of 181 countries. Out of 50 countries in Asia, the country’s internet speed placed 23rd for mobile and 17th for fixed broadband.
In Asia-Pacific, the Philippines ranked 13th for mobile and 14th for fixed broadband out of 46 countries. In ASEAN, the country ranked 5th in both fixed broadband and mobile out of 10 countries.
The President’s announcement to streamline and speed up the issuance of LGU permits in July 2020 generated a significant increase in permits granted to telcos from July 2020 to August this year vis-à-vis 2019. Improvement in internet speed is largely attributed to this development as telcos are able to fast-track building infrastructure (cellular towers and fiber optic network) necessary in boosting services and connectivity.