Amid disasters and surge in demand, PH internet speed still improved says Ookla
For fixed broadband, the latest report reflected the country’s average download speed at 28.69Mbps, a 262.71% 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- an increase of 148.52% from its speed of 7.44Mbps back in July 2016. Dubbed as the “world standard in internet metrics”, Ookla specializes in providing free web service assessments of the speed of individual connection. The consistent increase in internet speed happened despite COVID-19 pandemic-related lockdowns, which hindered infrastructure roll-out and maintenance of cell sites in various areas of the country since March 2020. Notably, the improvements also transpired as the country amid the onslaught of typhoons “Ambo”, “Quinta”, and “Ulysses”, and super typhoon “Rolly”. The said internet speed improvement favorably coincided with the demand surge of 500% for internet services caused by the shift to work-from-home setup and online distance learning, and increased entertainment-related usage due to the imposition of community quarantine guidelines.
Furthermore, the country’s third telco’s upcoming commercial launch as DITO Telecommunity in March 2021 is expected to make telco services better and more affordable.
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