Filipinos saw “impressive improvements” in Internet speeds since the start of the new administration, however, it was not enough to make any impact when compared to other Southeast Asian markets, a new report from Opensignal showed.
According to Opensignal, the Philippines (21.6 Mbps) has gone from third place to fourth in its ranking for download speeds in the Asean with Singapore (70.6 Mbps) taking the lead, followed by new frontrunner Malaysia (32.2 Mbps), and Vietnam (24.9 Mbps).
“Despite our Filipino users observing an increase of 5.9Mbps (37.7 percent) in their average overall download speeds, the Philippines has gone from third place to fourth, as it has been overtaken by Malaysia—which has achieved an impressive burst of speed. Malaysia’s Download Speed Experience score rose by 17.7Mbps [122.6 percent], putting it in second place and behind Singapore. Cambodian users saw the second largest percentage increase in their average download speeds [46.1 percent], followed by Singapore (41 percent) and Indonesia [40.6 percent],” the report read.
Opensignal noted that both Vietnam and Cambodia have yet to officially launch 5G commercial services.
“The same cannot be said of the Philippines as both Globe and Smart have been providing their users with mobile 5G services for years and new entrant Dito has a live service in some regions,” Opensignal said.
However, the Philippines still placed last in terms of upload speed at 5 Mbps.
Meanwhile, the Philippines is no longer last-placed in the region for Availability—the proportion of time that our users spend with a 3G or better connection.
It now ranked third to the last after improving its availability score by a few percentage points to 95.3 percent. Thailand (99.3 percent) and Singapore (99.2 percent) almost tied on the first place, followed by Malaysia and Indonesia.
“Good mobile connectivity is of increasing importance to the Marcos administration as the government has recently launched the eGov PH Super App, which is digitizing and streamlining national and local government services,” Opensignal said.
It added that the streamlined process of permitting for telecommunications infrastructure has helped in pushing for better availability of telco services in the country.
‘Better gaming experience’
Opensignal added that the Filipinos “observed the largest improvement in their experience when playing multiplayer mobile games over cellular connections across the markets analyzed.”
The Philippines’s score has risen by 13.6 points or an equivalent of 28.8 percent, well ahead of Indonesia, Cambodia and Thailand which saw increases of 11.6 points or 18.4 percent, 7.3 points or 16.3 percent and 7.8 points or 12 percent, respectively.
“As digitization and mobile experience go hand-in-hand—the Philippines needs to be competitive with other countries in the region on mobile connectivity. However, in our previous analyses, we’ve highlighted that much of the Philippines’s forward momentum has been driven by the country’s operators’ high capital expenditure—which they have started to rein in. The Marcos Administration will therefore need to incentivize operators to continue investing significantly in their networks if the President’s digitization goals are to become a reality,” Opensignal said.
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