NTC Says Internet Speeds Have Improved in the Philippines
Internet speeds for both mobile and broadband have improved in the Philippines last month, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said on Thursday.
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According to a new report by Ookla that the NTC cited, the median fixed broadband speed increased by 7.01 percent to 87.13 Mbps in December from 81.42 Mbps in November.
Meanwhile, the median speed for mobile yielded a 4.49 percent month-on-month growth to 25.12 Mbps from 24.04 Mbps.
NTC Officer-in-Charge Commissioner Ella Blanca Lopez said these represent a 26.39 percent increase for fixed broadband and a 17.33 percent increase for mobile since the start of the new administration.
“The continued improvement in internet speed is a welcome development as President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Jr. encourages the country to embrace digitalization if it wants to survive and thrive in a post-pandemic economy,” Lopez said.
Lopez added that the faster Internet speeds is due to the streamlining of permits from the local government units (LGUs) for telco infrastructure deployment.
“Improvement on internet speed is largely attributed to this development as telcos are able to fast-track building infrastructure — cellular towers and fiber optic network — necessary in boosting services and connectivity,” she said.