Internet speed, cost improve

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    Internet speed in the Philippines has improved by more than 80 percent in the past two and a half years, while the cost of prepaid mobile Internet in the country is now one of the most affordable in Southeast Asia.

    Think-tank Stratbase in a statement yesterday said this was the assessment of Globe Telecom president and chief executive officer Ernest Cu at the joint public launch of the Philippines Digital Economy Report titled Better Normal under COVID-19: Digitalizing the Philippine Economy Now held on Oct. 5, 2020.

    At the forum, Strabase said Cu cited the August 2020 OpenSignal report which showed “a substantial 80.9-percent increase in download speeds and 4G availability, rising 19.5 percentage points from 63.75 percent to 83 percent over a period of 2.5 years.”

    It said the Open Signal report noted that mobile 4G availability in the Philippines has been increasing for at least 10 consecutive quarters, inching closer to the global average of 86.8 percent.

    Stratbase said Cu also presented findings of global internet analytics firm Ookla which estimated the average download speed for fixed broadband in the Philippines at 26.08 Mbps as of September 2020.

    Stratbase added Cu noted home broadband access remains a sore point in the country’s connectivity as only 4.18 million households or 18.19 percent of the 23 million households have fixed internet connectivity but mobile internet pricing is also becoming more affordable in the Philippines.

    Cu was quoted by Stratbase as saying the cost of prepaid internet access in the country is now one of the most affordable at P11.25 per gigabyte, compared with Thailand’s P190.59, Singapore’s P35.60, Indonesia’s P32.76, and Malaysia’s P4.86.