THE PHILIPPINES improved its speed ratings in a study of fixed broadband and mobile performance in January, though it remained well below global averages, according to an index published by Seattle-based Ookla LLC.

In the Speedtest Global Index released by Ookla for January,the Philippines ranked 87th out of 128 countries for fixed broadband and ranked 94th out of 125 countries for mobile Internet.

For fixed broadband, the Philippines recorded a download speed of 15.67 Mbps (megabits per second), higher than the 10.16 Mbps recorded a year earlier, and an upload speed of 13.53 Mbps, higher than the 7.28 Mbps recorded previously.

Philippines’ Internet speed ratings by BusinessWorld

However, the numbers are lower than the global average of 41.88 for download speed, and 20.36 Mbps for upload speed).

The highest download speeds were registered by Singapore (166.44 Mbps), Iceland (161.98), and Hong Kong (136.15).

For mobile Internet, the Philippines registered a 12.55 Mbps download speed against 9.34 Mbps a year earlier and a 5.86-Mbps upload speed, against 4.68 previously.

The global averages were 22.23 Mbps for download speed and 8.94 Mbps for upload speed.

The highest mobile Internet download speeds were recorded in Norway (62.75 Mbps), Singapore (52.13 Mbps), and the Netherlands (52.98 Mbps).

Data for the Index comes from the hundreds of millions of tests taken by Ookla Speedtest users. — Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo