DID you feel it?
Internet speed in the Philippines significantly improved in December last year — all thanks to the expedited network and infrastructure buildup of telecommunications companies.
Based on the latest Ookla Speedtest Global Index report, both fixed broadband and mobile download speeds for the Philippines increased in December.
“The continued improvement in internet speed is a welcome development as President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Jr. encourages the country to embrace digitalization if it wants to survive and thrive in a post-pandemic economy,” National Telecommunications Commission Officer-in-Charge Commissioner Ella Blanca Lopez said on Thursday.
The report said the country’s fixed broadband median speed improved to 87.13 Mbps from the 81.42 Mbps registered the month before — representing a 7.01 percent month-to-month improvement for fixed broadband.
Mobile median speed also increased as the country yielded a download speed of 25.12Mbps from 24.04Mbps the month before.
The latest download speed signified a 4.49 percent month-to-month improvement for mobile and showed a 17.33 percent hike since the Marcos administration took over.
Apart from the telco’s network expansion, the NTC noted that streamlining and speeding up the issuance of LGU permits in 2020 generated a significant increase in permits granted to telcos from July 2020 to November 2022.
National Broadband Plan
The Department of Information and Communications Technology is expected to rollout the first phase of the National Broadband Plan this year.
It would involve activating nodes of the national fiber backbone.
It is expected to provide faster and more affordable internet connection in the country.
Faster internet and greater connectivity would help boost online learning, telemedicine, and e-commerce.