Internet speed in PH improving, says DICT


The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) mentioned web speeds in the Philippines had improved over final 12 months, citing crowdsourced information from Ookla.

For cell web speed, it mentioned the Philippines ranked 86th globally in January 2021 versus 111th in the identical interval in 2020. Fixed web was at a hundredth place globally or unchanged.

Comparing January this 12 months with December 2020, cell web speed went up by 14.5 p.c to 22.5 megabits per second (Mbps) whereas mounted broadband speed rose 4.1 p.c to 31.44 Mbps, the DICT mentioned.

“Our vision of digital transformation will be realized if all Filipinos, regardless of who they are and where they are in the country, have quality access to Internet connectivity services at affordable prices,” Information and Communications Secretary Gregorio Honasan II mentioned in a press release.

The DICT and National Telecommunications Commission are conducting twice month-to-month conferences to examine on the standing of their community rollout plans and “to address any problems that may cause lags in its implementation.”

In 2020, the Philippine authorities took severe steps to handle regulatory bottlenecks which have slowed the rollout of telco infrastructure.

This helped telco incumbents PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom in addition to startup Dito Telecommunity speed up the rollout of infrastructure.

Globe and PLDT earlier introduced they had been constructing hundreds of latest cell towers this 12 months and laying down fiber cables at an unprecedented tempo. Converge ICT will function nationwide inside the 12 months whereas Dito Telecommunity is anticipated to launch its business companies by March 2021.

In the assertion, the DICT mentioned it might proceed to coordinate with the NTC to make sure that telcos would full their rollout plans.

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