The Ookla Speedtest Global Index report showed increases in fixed and mobile broadband median download speeds for the Philippines in March.
The country’s median fixed broadband speed rose to 52.16 Mbps from 49.10 Mbps recorded the previous month.
The latest download speed means a 6.23% month-over-month increase in speed for fixed broadband.
Average download speed for fixed broadband recorded at 83.37 Mbps. The latest fixed broadband median rate represents a 559.42% improvement since the start of the Duterte administration in July 2016.
Median mobile speed also increased, with the country recording a download speed of 19.38 Mbps from 18.79 Mbps the previous month.
The latest median download speed signifies a 3.14% month-over-month increase in speed for mobile.
Average mobile download speed recorded at 45.48 Mbps. The latest mobile median speed represents a 160.48% improvement since the start of the Duterte administration in July 2016.
The President’s announcement to streamline and speed up the issuance of LGU permits in July 2020 generated a significant increase in permits granted to telecom operators from July 2020 to February this year compared to 2019.
Improved internet speed is widely attributed to this development, as telecom operators are able to accelerate the construction of infrastructure (cellular towers and fiber optic network) needed to boost services and connectivity.