PH's mobile, broadband internet speeds rank higher in February

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The country ranked 83rd out of 140 countries based on its mobile internet speed last month, up by three spots from its previous rank, the Department of Information and Communications Technology said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, its fixed broadband speed rose by eight spots to 92nd place. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 17) — The country ranked 83rd out of 140 countries based on its mobile internet speed last month, up by three spots from its previous rank, the Department of Information and Communications Technology said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, its fixed broadband speed rose by eight spots to 92nd place.

Citing global monitoring firm Ookla Speedtest, the DICT said the country's average download speed for mobile was 26.24 megabits per second, slightly above its January speed of 25.77 Mbps. As for fixed broadband, the speed increased by 17.51% or by 5.73 Mbps from 32.73 Mbps in January to 38.46 Mbps in February. This is also the highest increase in download speed during the current administration, the DICT noted.

As for its position in the region, the Philippines is at the sixth spot for mobile and broadband speeds among the ten ASEAN countries. It also placed 24th for fixed broadband and 25th for mobile out of 50 countries in Asia.

The February 2021 broadband speed is faster by 386.22% and mobile by 252.86% compared to their performances back in July 2016, the agency pointed out.

The DICT expects more improvements as telcos Globe and Smart welcome its new competitor Dito Telecommunity, which boasted a whopping 507.5 Mbps for 5G, and 85.9 Mbps for 4G in its first performance audit.