Internet speed increases despite lockdowns, typhoons and surge in demand
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 showing an increase of 148.52% from its speed of 7.44Mbps back in July 2016. The constant increase in internet speed happened despite COVID-19 pandemic-related lockdowns in various areas of the country which began March 2020. The lockdowns significantly hindered telcos from proceeding with infrastructure roll-out and maintenance of cell sites. Notably, the improvements also transpired as the country reeled from the devastation caused by Typhoons “Ambo”, “Quinta”, Super Typhoon “Rolly” and Typhoon “Ulysses”. Region II, the National Capital Region, CALABARZON, Central Luzon and nearby provinces, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Quezon province, the Bicol Region, Northern and Eastern Samar, CARAGA, Bukidnon and Davao del Norte were severely affected by these natural calamities. The report also comes at a time when telcos reported a 500% increase in demand of internet services due to the rise of work, education and entertainment-related usage brought about by the lockdowns.