Ookla Speedtest revealed that the Philippines’ average download speed for fixed broadband and mobile broadband had tremendously improved by 216.94% and 127.82%, respectively. The report covers July 2020, the same month when President Rodrigo Duterte attacked incumbent telcos Globe Telecom and PLDT, Inc. in his fifth SONA, pointing out their poor service.

Fixed broadband’s average download speed increased to 25.07Mbps (July 2020) from 7.91Mbps (July 2016), while mobile broadband’s average download speed boosted to 16.95Mbps (July 2020) from 7.44Mbps (July 2016).

Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) praised the efforts of local government units (LGUs) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to support the reduction of permits and procedures for the building of cell towers, leading to faster construction of telco towers.

Not long ago, former DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. said that red tape is the main cause of the slow construction of cell towers and that the “ball is in the hands of the government” to address the issue.

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