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Odette damage slows internet speed in the Philippines

Richmond Mercurio – The Filipino Star

February 13, 2022 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s internet speed saw a slight dip last month due to infrastructure damage wrought by Typhoon Odette in 22 provinces.

The Ookla Speedtest Global Index report showed a slight drop in median fixed and mobile broadband download speeds for the Philippines in January.

The speed drops were attributed mainly to the devastation caused by Typhoon Odette which passed through various provinces of Visayas and Mindanao in December 2021.

The country’s median fixed broadband speed fell to 49.52 Mbps in January from 50.26 Mbps a month earlier.

Mobile median speed also dropped to 17.95 Mbps last month, from 19.20 Mbps in December 2021.

Work to fully restore internet connectivity continues among telecom operators in response to the National Telecommunications Commission’s call to immediately normalize telecom services in all areas affected by Typhoon Odette.

Telecom operators claim that the full restoration of several destroyed facilities is due to a power outage or the lack of commercial electricity available in the area.

Ookla said the Speedtest Global Index rankings are now based on median download speed to best reflect the speeds a user is likely to achieve in a market.

Throughout 2021, however, the country’s fixed and mobile broadband download speeds were able to improve following the government’s decision to streamline and speed up the issuance of local government unit permits in July 2020. , which has led to a significant increase in permits granted to telecommunications operators.