The Philippines is enjoying a co-leadership status in Asia Pacific, together with Thailand and China, in gains in average speeds for internet connection.
The State of the Internet first quarter 2017 report of Akamai cited the Philippines’ 20% quarterly boost in on the average connection speed metric despite the country’s 5.5 Mbps rating which placed it at the bottom rank of the 15 APAC countries surveyed.
Akamai, the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, further suggests that despite the Philippines’ lowest ranking position, it foresees improvements based on the current administration’s plans and projects.
“…first quarter announcements suggest it may see improvements to its infrastructure in coming years, as Philippine President Duterte approved a plan to deploy a national broadband network at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion to $4.0 billion (77 billion to 200 billion pesos).
The network will be used to host a national portal and other online government services, as well as to connect remote areas of the country that are underserved by existing broadband providers.
Deployment could begin as early as June, with a three- to five-year timeline for completion,” said the Akamai report.
In terms of 15 Mbps broadband adoption, the Philippines’ first quarter showing at 72%places it at 3rd rank after China and SriLanka.
Akamai also reported the Philippines enjoys solo lead for the region’s 4 Mbps broadband adoption, with the largest quarterly increase pegged at 26%.
The Philippines ranking on the Akamai report is based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, that provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.