Philippines mobile Internet connectivity among slowest worldwide

  • Philippines
  • 03/11/2017
The Philippines ranks fourth-last in a global ranking of mobile Internet speed (LET standard) in 77 countries undertaken by OpenSignal, a London-based mobile network performance analyst firm, a result that was published in OpenSignals The State of LTE November 2017 report.

The company measured the speed of the long-term evolution (LTE) standard, the type of 4G or fourth generation mobile type of technology that delivers the fastest connection for a mobile Internet experience, up to ten times faster than 3G.

However, the Philippines ranked 74th out of 77 countries, with an average download speed of 8.24 megabits per second (Mbps), even slower than the countrys average download speed of 8.59 Mbps recorded in OpenSignals June report.

The Philippines also scored the worst result within six ASEAN countries where measurements were conducted, behind Indonesia and Thailand with also very poor speeds, as well as behind Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Globally, in terms of LTE speed, Singapore was the leader with an average download speed of 46.64 Mbps, followed by South Korea with 45.85 Mbps and Norway with 42.02 Mbps.

On the bottom end, only Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica and India fared worse than the Philippines.

The global average for LTE speed is 16.6 Mbps, according to OpenSignal. The speed is depending on factors such as the spectrum devoted to LTE, whether the newest technologies is being used, how densely networks are built and how much congested those networks are.

The report also measured LTE availability in the 77 countries. Here, the Philippines ranked slightly better at place 69 with an availability of 53.83 per cent. South Korea topped this list at 96.69 per cent, while Japan came in second with 94.11 per cent and Norway placed third with 88.66 per cent.
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