PHL inches up in Internet speed

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By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo, Reporter

FIXED line and mobile Internet speeds in the Philippines increased in April from the same period last year, but still lagged behind global standards.

Ookla LLC released its Global Speedtest Index for April 2018. In the Philippines, mobile download speed was at 14.01 megabits per second (Mbps), up from 9.71 Mbps last year. Upload speed was at 5.99 Mbps against 5.19 Mbps. The country also increased in ranking from 98 to 96 out of 126 countries, although still below the global average of 22.61 Mbps for download speed and 9.10 Mbps for upload speed.

Meanwhile, broadband download speed was at 17.62 Mbps, up from 10.84 Mbps last year. Upload speed was at 15.27 Mbps compared with 8.82 Mbps in April last year . The Philippines increased in rank from 93 to 83 out of 135 countries but still fell below the global average speeds of 45.07 Mbps for download speed and 21.93 Mbps for upload speed.

Countries which registered the highest mobile speed are Iceland (65.90 Mbps); Norway (64.56 Mbps); and Qatar (56.95 Mbps).

Those that had the highest fixed line speed are Singapore (174.94 Mbps); Iceland (162.43 Mbps); and Hong Kong (141.05 Mbps).

The tests involve at least 670 unique results for mobile and at least 3,333 for fixed broadband in a country.

Ookla is an Internet testing, data, and analysis company based in Seattle, USA.