MANILA, Philippines — The average internet speed in the Philippines continues to improve, according to the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).
The DICT said the latest figures from the Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index show that for July 2021, the country recorded an average download speed of 71.17 megabits per second (Mbps) for fixed broadband.
This is a significant increase from the 66.55 Mbps average speed recorded in June. For mobile internet, meanwhile, the average download speed is now at 33.69 Mbps from 32.84 Mbps the previous month.
With the said improvements, the global ranking of the Philippines currently sits at 63rd out of 180 countries for fixed broadband and 72nd out of 139 countries for mobile internet. In Asia, the Philippines ranked 17th for fixed broadband and 23rd for mobile internet out of 50 countries.
DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II said the increase in internet speed in the country was the result of President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive last year for telcos to improve their services amid the pandemic.
“Your DICT will continue to coordinate with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) as well as with other government agencies and private stakeholders to ensure that internet speeds for fixed broadband and mobile internet will continue their upward trajectory in the coming months,” he said.
The department also strengthened its roll-out of digital connectivity initiatives, especially the Common Tower Policy which not only allows sharing of cell towers among telcos but also promotes streamlined processing of permits for building common towers.
The DICT, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), and other key agencies also issued the revised and expanded Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No 001, s. 2021 for the streamlined process of securing permits, licenses, and authorizations for building Passive Telecommunications Tower Infrastructures (PTTIs).