Speedtest by Ookla, one of the most prominent internet quality monitoring firms in the world, said that both the mobile and broadband internet in the Philippines has improved based on their March 2022 numbers.
Ookla said that the average download speed on mobile internet is now at 19.38Mbps, versus February’s 18.79Mbps figure. This new number poses a modest 3.14% month-on-month improvement.
Looking at the bigger picture, it’s a 160.48% improvement from July 2016’s 7.44Mbps average mobile download speed. That was the time when now-outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte took office.
Meanwhile, the country’s median download speed for fixed broadband saw a more noticeable improvement. It’s now at 52.16Mbps, which is a 6.23% increase from February’s 49.10Mbps.
Compared to July 2016’s 7.91Mbps, the country’s average download speed for fixed broadband saw a staggering 559.42% improvement.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) previously attributed the improved internet speeds to the President’s move to simplify the acquisition of permits to help telcos put up more towers.
Competition could’ve also played a major role in the improvements. Third-telco DITO Telecommunity has already hit 7 million subscribers and Elon Musk’s Starlink internet service is expected to arrive this year.
Via: GMA News