PH slowest internet in Asia-Pacific, but there is hope – report

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A 2015 report by Akamai showed that the Philippines has the second slowest Internet speed in the Asia-Pacific region at 2.5 Mbps in average connection speed.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 22) — The country is lagging behind its Asian-Pacific neighbors in terms of average internet speed, an internet monitoring group reported.

South Korea has the fastest average internet speed both in the Asia-Pacific and globally in the fourth quarter of 2016 with 26.1 Mbps (megabits per second), according the "State of the Internet" report released by Akamai last March.

It reported the Philippines had the lowest average connection speed among surveyed Asia-Pacific countries at 4.5 Mbps.

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Others with internet speeds below 10 Mbps are India (5.6 Mbps), China (6.3 Mbps), Indonesia (6.7 Mbps), Sri Lanka (7.3 Mbps), Malaysia (8.2 Mbps), and Vietnam (8.3 Mbps).

The 15 Asian countries that were surveyed had average connection speeds above 4 Mbps, and eight of these exceeded 10 Mbps.

Rounding up the top 5 with fastest connectivity speeds globally are Norway with 23.6 Mbps, Sweden 22.8 Mbps, Hong Kong 21.9 Mbps, and Switzerland 21.2 Mbps.

Hope for the Philippines

Akamai said despite the slow internet speed in the Philippines, "there is reason for optimism," citing government efforts to improve the state of connectivity.

In March, President Rodrigo Duterte approved plans to build a national broadband network, which will be used to run online government services and connect rural areas to the internet. Under this plan, the government will deploy fiber optic cables and wireless technology across the country, Department of Information and Communications Technology officials said.

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The Senate, also in March, passed on final reading the bill that seeks to provide free access to public internet services.

The law also targets a faster internet connectivity at an average of 10 mbps.