MANILA, Philippines — The country’s internet speeds saw an improvement last month as the streamlined licensing process helped telcos continue to expand and upgrade.
The Ookla Speedtest Global Index report showed that median fixed and mobile broadband download speeds for the country increased in March compared to the previous month.
Median fixed broadband speed increased by 6.23% from 49.10 Mbps to 52.16 Mbps.
Mobile median speed, on the other hand, increased by 3.14%, with the country recording a download speed of 19.38 Mbps last month compared to 18.79 Mbps in February.
The improvement in the country’s internet speed has been largely attributed to the higher number and faster processing of permits, paving the way for telecom operators to speed up the construction of infrastructure such as cell towers and the fiber optic network. , which are needed to strengthen services and connectivity.
PLDT Inc. and its wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. said they continued to benefit from streamlined government licensing guidelines for telecommunications infrastructure, securing more than 50,000 fixed and wireless permits in February .
Globe Telecom, for its part, said the huge demand for connectivity has prompted the government to heed the call from telecom operators for support in rolling out the network, especially with the tedious licensing issues.
Last year, the government enacted two laws that removed barriers to telecommunications infrastructure projects, namely the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act and the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.
Globe said the Ministry of Public Works and Highways had also removed a major bottleneck that prevented telecommunications service providers from building crucial infrastructure projects along national highways.