Duterte policies move PH 113 spots up in the Speedtest Global Index

February 11, 2022 People's Tonight 636 views

BARELY five months before the end of the term of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the Philippines now ranks 63rd out of 178 countries and 65th out of 138 countries according to Ookla’s fixed broadband and mobile global performance figures, respectively.

The average fixed broadband download speeds have risen from 7.91 Mbps to 82.61 Mbps, a 944% growth that propelled Philippines’ latest Speedtest Global ranking 113 rungs up, from 176th before the start of the Duterte administration to 63rd.

The country’s average mobile internet speeds have also seen an impressive 467% growth at 42.22 Mbps from 7.44 Mbps since the start of the Duterte administration.

In a statement, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) wrote: “the increase in internet speed in the country was the result of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive last year for telcos to improve their services amid the pandemic and of the strengthened roll-out of DICT’s digital connectivity initiatives, especially the Common Tower Policy.”

The National Telecommunications Commission also attributed the record-breaking improvement in the internet speeds from 2020 to 2021 especially in contrast to previous year-over-year performances to President Duterte’s directive to fast-track the issuance of local government unit (LGU) permits.