Median fixed broadband download speed in the Philippines increased by 2 notches, while median mobile download speed increased by 3 notches in Ookla’s latest Speedtest Global Index.
The country’s median fixed broadband speed increased to 78.33 Mbps from 75.62 Mbps recorded the previous month, while the median mobile speed reached 22.35 Mbps from 22.56 Mbps the previous month.
The Philippines now ranks 45th out of 182 countries for fixed broadband and 82nd out of 140 countries for mobile.
Out of 50 Asian countries, the Philippines ranks 14th for fixed broadband and 29th for mobile. In the Asia-Pacific region, the country ranks 12th for fixed broadband and 17th for mobile.
The improvement in internet speed is largely attributed to streamlining and speeding up the issuance of LGU permits, as telecom operators are able to speed up the construction of infrastructure (cellular towers and fiber optic network ) necessary to strengthen services and connectivity.
Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service is also expected to further improve internet speeds.
The service should be available within the next six months. Starlink offers high-speed, low-latency satellite Internet service with download speeds between 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps.
Using advanced low-orbit satellites, the service will enable video calling, online gaming, streaming and other high data activities never before possible with satellite internet.