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The Philippines lags behind Asian neighbors in average Internet speed

The Philippines lags behind Asian neighbors in average Internet speed

| On 24, Aug 2013

If you’re looking for something to brag about our country, then you can forget about average Internet speeds. Currently on the top of the worldwide Internet speed ranking is South Korea at an average of 14.2Mbps, followed by other Asian countries Japan and Hong Kong.

This latest statistic comes from Akamai, a US-based Internet content delivery network, which has listed countries according to performance in Internet speeds during Q1 2013. As shown in the chart above, the top title belongs to South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong, followed by countries in Europe. The United States, on the other hand, only ranks 9th in the global speed ranking. Still, it’s not too bad to enjoy an average of 8.6Mbps, which lets downloading a 2-hour high-definition movie possible in just an hour or less.

So where does the Philippines stand in the rankings? Akamai has us pegged at just an average of 1.4Mbps, an unfortunate number that even compares badly with the global average of 3.1Mbps. Filipinos can’t exactly blame it all on the local telcos, since the country itself is comprised of numerous islands that make it hard to deploy broadband networks.

Related: Why your Internet Speed is Slower than Expected

Things, though, may change in the future as broadband adoption in the Philippines becomes more aggressive thanks to newer wireless technologies. Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) is a fine example as it allow speeds to go as high as 42Mbps or more. Many of the latest mobile devices (iPhone 5 and Samsung GS4) are already capable of LTE, giving Filipinos the opportunity for faster Internet speeds.

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  • Marduk

    Corruption is the main reason why … itong dalawang gahaman at sakim na TELCO panay ang suhol sa gobyerno natin para walang makapasok na competitor…wag na tayong umasa pa…

    May mabilis nga na connection option pero may capping naman haaaaayyysssss

  • denso

    mas masaklap sa globe broadband. limited mga 800mb lang max na dpat ma consume. tas pag nareach mo yan, super slow na net mo