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Philippine Internet speeds improved according to global reports

By Nestor Domingo Jr - on 1 Sep 2017, 3:36am

Philippine Internet speeds improved according to global reports

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Globe Telecom is poised to deliver steady improvements on its home broadband service in the Philippines.

The telco giant, through its Globe At Home Senior Vice President Martha Sazon, revealed its initiatives focusing on broadband to improved the service and experience holistically, and redefine the Internet for Filipinos. Globe now offers an average broadband speed of 12.5Mbps according to the latest Speedtext index report.

“We will continue to change home broadband with better offers, more data allocation, and overall superior experience. We expect Philippine Internet to improve further by aggressively deploying leading edge network technology, to serve two million homes by 2020 with high-speed Internet” said Sazon. “We are pleased to see the Philippines climbing up to double digit in terms of Internet speed. We are optimistic that as home broadband plans become more and more affordable, broadband adoption will grow” said Sazon.

The SVP added that the telco provider has been managing to level with the efforts on their mobile counterpart.

“Globe is now leading the charge in improving the Internet at home in the Philippines, as we did in mobile,” added Sazon.

In terms of mobile Internet, the country's average download speed has a 38% YoY increase at 10.29Mbps, while the average upload speed has a 57% improvement at 5.29Mbps based also on the latest Speedtest Global Index.

The latest Ookla Speedtest Global Index report revealed Globe Telecom’s improvement in broadband speed, with an average download speed up for 57% of 12.43Mbps and upload speed of 10.37Mbps, or a 111% growth from the previous year.

Aside from that, a report from Akamai confirmed the steadily improving state of Internet in the Philippines, with a 39% adaptation rate, growing 26% QoQ, and a robust 111% YoY that are enough to distinguish the country on registering its strongest growth in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of “above 4 Mbps connectivity adoption.”

In spite of these, Sazon admitted that the country is still lagging behind in terms of global average in terms of fixed broadband adoption and speed, citing certain issues such as the history of infrastructure underinvestment for fixed broadband, little or no support from the government, and seeking permissions.

“The telco industry had to catch up by addressing the huge infrastructure gaps in contrast with its Asian neighbors. The Philippines is unique in that spending for ICT (Information and Communications Technology) infrastructure is mostly private sector-led” said Sazon.