Average Philippine Internet speed 155th in world

Victor Barreiro Jr.

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Average Philippine Internet speed 155th in world
A recent ASEAN DNA infographic pegs the country's average Internet speed at 3.6 Mbps

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines may have an Internet speed that’s slower than what a recent ASEAN DNA infographic points to. This is based on information provided by two different sets of metrics from known Internet firms.

Cloud services firm Akamai, which distributes a quarterly State of the Internet report, revealed in its Q4 2013 results that the Philippines has an average Internet speed of 2.0 Megabits per second (Mbps).

STATE OF THE INTERNET. Screenshot of Average Connection Speed and Average Peak Connection Speed by Asia Pacific Country/Region. Courtesy: Akamai State of the Internet Report Q4 2013.

A single Mbps has a data transfer rate equivalent to 125 kilobytes per second (kBps). 

Akamai also noted a remarkable peak connection speed of 32.6 Mbps in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 144% increase in peak connection speed from the Q4 2012 results. 

At the same time, Akamai reported “broadband adoption rates in India, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia are all stuck well below 10%, even with the significant quarterly increases seen in India and the Philippines.”

Only 3.6% of the Philippines has an adoption rate of speeds above 4 Mbps, and only 0.2% exceed 10 Mbps.

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A year’s worth of analyzed data from Internet metrics firm Ookla points towards the Philippines having a general Internet speed of around 3.55 Mbps, ranking it as 155th of 190 countries. The data was gathered from April 2013 to March 2014.

OOKLA DATA. Data from Ookla's Net Index Explorer visualization of worldwide Internet speeds. Screen shot from http://explorer.netindex.com/maps#

Myanmar and India, by comparison, show a faster general Internet speed of 4.75 and 4.4 Mbps, respectively, while Laos is slightly slower at 3.52 Mbps. 

The information from these two sources paint a stark picture of Internet connectivity in the Philippines when put beside a recent ASEAN DNA infographic, which prompted Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV to urge a probe into the country’s slow speeds. (READ: Probe slow, expensive PH Internet – Bam Aquino

'NETIZENS UNHAPPY.' Citing this infographic, Senator Bam Aquino calls for an investigation into the slow and expensive internet connection in the Philippines. Courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/ASEANDNA

According to the ASEAN DNA infographic, which got its data from analyzing a month’s worth of test data from March 7 to April 5, 2014, the Philippines’ average Internet speed is pegged at 3.6 Mbps. – Rappler.com

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.