DESPITE challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s internet speed continues to improve based on Ookla findings for December 2020.
With close to 120 million tests conducted in the Philippines last year, Ookla reported a 297.47% improvement on the country’s internet average download speed for fixed broadband and 202.41% for mobile broadband, compared to 2016 speeds.
Ookla is the global leader in internet testing, data and analysis. Speedtest, the company’s flagship product, is the most accurate way to measure internet performance and network diagnostics.
The country’s average download speed for fixed broadband improved from 7.91Mbps (July 2016) to 31.44Mbps (December 2020), while average download speed for mobile broadband also improved from 7.44Mbps (July 2016) to 22.50Mbps (December 2020).
The improvement in internet speeds comes after telcos reported a 500% increase in data usage at the start of the pandemic. Maintenance work and upgrade on cellular sites also proved to be difficult due to the various lockdowns imposed in the country.
With LGUs and the DILG extending their full cooperation in expediting permits related to building cellular towers, connectivity and internet service are expected to improve further.