Internet connectivity in the Philippines has improved, according to the November report of internet testing and analysis leader Ookla.
Ookla’s report bared that the country’s average download speed for fixed broadband had improved by 262.71% at 28.69Mbps compared to 7.91Mbps back in July 2016.
Mobile network’s overall performance, meanwhile, showed an increased download speed by 148.52% at 18.49Mbps from 7.44Mbps back in July 2016.
This constant increase in internet speed is notably significant deapite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic-related lockdowns that hindered telcos from expanding and maintaining their cell sites, as well as the typhoons that devastated the country during the past months.
Lawmakers currently monitor telcos’ performance in the country after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Globe Telecom and Smart Communications to improve their services by the end of 2020.
With the faster processing of permits that enable the construction of cell sites essential in improving connectivity and the rising competition brought about by third telco player DITO Telecommunity which is set to commercially launch in March next year, the Philippines’ connectivity is expected to become much better in the coming months.