August 23, 2022 | 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos benefited from improved internet speed for both mobile and fixed broadband in July on enhanced products and services rolled out by the major players in the telco industry.
Based on Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index, mobile internet speed in the Philippines accelerated by five percent to 22.56 Mbps in July, from 21.41 Mbps in June.
In spite of this, the country has its work cut out in climbing to the global median speed of 30.78 Mbps, with the the United Arab Emirates (120.35 Mbps), Qatar (117.43 Mbps) and South Korea (109.65 Mbps) leading the way.
Similarly, fixed broadband speed in the Philippines jumped by 10 percent to 75.62 Mbps in July, from 68.94 Mbps in June. The country managed to beat the global median speed of 67.25 Mbps benchmarked by Chile’s 212.98 Mbps, Singapore’s 211.36 Mbps and Thailand’s 189.14 Mbps.
For the month, Ookla said the Philippines moved up by four notches to 84th from 88th, among 140 economies for mobile internet speed. The country also went up seven places to 46th, from 53rd, in a list of 182 nations for fixed broadband speed.
Industry players are investing in multi-billion peso projects to expand their network performance in support of the Marcos administration’s push for universal connectivity.
Last week, PLDT Inc.’s wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. was awarded the Best Mobile Network by Ookla, the first local mobile operator to attain the citation since the Speedtest Award was launched in 2017.
To earn the recognition, a mobile operator has to lead in two of the highest categories of Ookla’s Speedtest Award, namely, the Fastest Mobile Network and Best Mobile Coverage, for the same period.
For the first semester, Ookla declared Smart as the winner of the Best Mobile Coverage for the Philippines as the firm obtained a score of 794 against its nearest rival’s 732. During the period, Smart also emerged as the Fastest Mobile Network with a speed rating of 62.22 against its next competitor’s 32.48.
In July, Smart’s parent PLDT activated its P7 billion Jupiter cable system to raise its international capacity to 60 terabits per second. Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc., for its part, started laying out the longest fiber cable network in the country with the target of turning it on by April 2023.
Dennis Uy’s Dito Telecommunity Inc. also expanded its subscription base to 11 million in July, as it inches closer to its goal of ending the year with at least 12 million users.
For 2022, Globe, PLDT and Dito allocated P89 billion, P85 billion and P50 billion, respectively, for their capital expenditures, particularly for infrastructure upgrades.