October 19, 2021 | 10h57
MANILA, Philippines – Mobile internet speed in the Philippines improved in September compared to the previous month, but fixed broadband performance weakened, according to a new report from network intelligence provider Ookla.
The results of Ookla’s latest Internet performance report released on Tuesday showed that the average mobile download speed in the Philippines was 35.03 Mbps in September, faster than the 33.77 Mbps recorded in August.
Compared to the same month last year, mobile download speed improved 107.4%. However, it is still below the global average of 63.15 Mbps in September.
The Philippines, in turn, ranked 72nd out of 138 countries followed by Ookla in mobile download speed in September, up a notch from the previous month.
Meanwhile, mobile internet download speed averaged 8.54 Mbps in September, slower than the 8.63 Mbps recorded the previous month. Year over year, mobile download speed improved 53.3%, but still below the global average of 13.37 Mbps.
Ookla also reported that the average latency, or the time it takes for information to be transmitted from the source to its intended destination, was 32ms in September for mobile networks, above 30ms in August. A lower latency score is preferable.
Fixed broadband slows down
On the other hand, the fixed broadband download speed in the Philippines averaged 71.85 Mbps in September, compared to 72.56 Mbps recorded in August. This brought the Philippines’ monthly ranking down a notch to 64th place out of 181 countries covered by the Ookla report.
Despite the month-over-month decline, data showed average broadband download speed accelerated 175.5% year-over-year. But September’s figure was still lower than the global average of 113.25 Mbps.
In terms of download speed, it averaged 70.32 Mbps for fixed broadband in September, slower than 72.16 Mbps the month before but surpassing the global average of 62.45 Mbps. On an annual basis, the home and office Internet download speed was 169.7% faster.
Latency, meanwhile, remained unchanged at 19 ms month-on-month.
The country’s sloppy phone connection has always been a problem. Besides the appointment of a new service provider, the government, through a relatively new ICT department, adopted a common turn policy, a program intended to increase the number of cell sites in the archipelago to catch up growing demand for network services.
In the same report, Ookla said that Smart Communications Inc., the wireless unit of telecommunications giant PLDT Inc., was the fastest mobile operator in the Philippines in the third quarter with a speed score of 59.71 on the modern chipset.
Globe came in second with a score of 28.38, followed by third-party telecommunications player Dito with a score of 25.34.