|Philippines' Mobile Internet First in Asia Pacific; NBP to Boost Fixed-line Broadband|
Based on the report published by Akamai, the Philippines came first among other countries in the Asia Pacific region in terms of average mobile data connection speed.
The report came out December or 2016 for the Q3 of last year. The data gathered are based from the usage of computers, smartphones, tablets and other devices that connect to the internet via mobile networks (IPv4). The Philippines ranked number 1 with an average speed of 13.9Mbps, followed by Australia with 12.8Mbps, and Vietnam at the bottom with just 3.4Mbps. You can see the table below for the complete list or visit https://goo.gl/HF2C4V to see the table online (page 49) and read the complete report.
|Akamai Q3 Ranking for Average Mobile Connection Speed|
The report also cited that the country also improved in some other key areas. For one, the “above 10 Mbps broadband adoption” category shows an adoption rate of 5.4%, which represents about 9.1% and 517% quarter on quarter and year over year growth respectively. According to Edgardo Cabarios, Deputy Commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the improvement in the mobile internet speed can be attributed to added 700MHz LTE band activated by both Globe and Smart.
With this positive report from Akamai, and with the nearing completion of the DICT's (Department of Information and Communication Technology) National Broadband Plan (NBP), Cabarios added that the consumers in the Philippines will soon experience an improved internet speed and coverage across the country. For the uninitiated, the NBP aims to boost fixed-line broadband speed and penetration through the faster deployment of fiber optic cables as well as wireless technologies all throughout the country.