MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines ranks fourth in ASEAN in terms of fastest Internet speed, according to a study by Ookla (Netindex.com) conducted last month.
The country’s average mobile data speed is 3.9 Mbps, slower than Singapore’s 16.9 Mbps, Brunei’s 7.79 Mbps, and Thailand’s 4.32 Mbps.
However, five countries lag behind the Philippines in average mobile data speed, namely Malaysia (3.16 Mbps), Cambodia (3.15 Mbps), Laos (2.08 Mbps), Indonesia (2.05 Mbps), Vietnam (1.51 Mbps), and Myanmar (0.41 Mbps).
Among these ASEAN countries, only the Philippines has no IP Peering and government funding support.
Another study conducted by Boston Consulting Group showed that the Philippines had the third lowest (64 of 100) e-Friction score compared to other qualified ASEAN countries.
A lower e-Friction score indicates better development in infrastructure and more supportive business and regulatory environments.
E-Friction measures infrastructure, individual, industry and information friction that prevent consumers, companies and countries from utilizing the full benefits of the Internet.
Singapore (31) and Malaysia (44) topped the rankings.
On Wednesday, the Philippine Senate held a hearing to find out why Internet connection in the Philippines is slow and expensive and to investigate its impact on doing business in the Philippines.
The Senate committee on trade, commerce and entrepreneurship also heard a bill proposing to mandate Internet service providers and telecom companies to increase the minimum speed of their Internet service to 10 mbps.