The Ookla Speedtest Global Index report showed slight decreases in median fixed and mobile broadband download speeds for the Philippines in January 2022.
The speed drops are mainly due to the devastation caused by Typhoon “Odette” which crossed twenty-two provinces of Visayas and Mindanao on December 16 and 17, 2021.
The country’s median fixed broadband speed fell to 49.52 Mbps from 50.26 Mbps recorded the previous month.
However, the country’s average fixed broadband speed stood at 81.08 Mbps.
The median download speed still represents a 526.04% improvement since the start of the Duterte administration in July 2016.
Mobile median speed also fell slightly, with the country recording a download speed of 17.95 Mbps from 19.20 Mbps the previous month.
The country’s average mobile download speed stood at 41.01 Mbps.
The median download speed represents a 141.26% improvement since the start of the Duterte administration in July 2016.
As of January 28, 2022, Globe reported that comprehensive telecommunications facility restoration efforts were still underway at Globe sites in Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte.
As of January 5, 2022, Smart reportedly reported that comprehensive telecommunications facility restoration efforts were still underway at Smart sites in Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Negros Occidental Negros Oriental, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Palawan and Misamis Oriental.
Telecom operators say the full restoration of several pending destroyed facilities is due to a power outage or no commercial power available in the area.
According to Smart, restoration, especially in parts of Cebu, is still affected by the availability of commercial electricity and the restoration of fiber optic cable facilities.
Smart said these fiber optic cable facilities were badly damaged when several poles, in which cables were tied, collapsed due to the typhoon.
Fiber internet provider Converge ICT Solutions said its network operations in Iloilo, Capiz, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao were also affected, while Dito Telecommunity said its services were also affected in Visayas and Mindanao. .
Telecom operators continue to work towards full restoration of internet connectivity in response to the National Telecommunications Commission’s call to immediately normalize telecommunications services in all areas affected by Typhoon “Odette”.
More than 6.2 million people are estimated to have been affected by the typhoon.
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