Philippines still has one of slowest Internet speeds in Asia

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 02 2014 11:29 AM | Updated as of Oct 02 2014 07:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines still has one of the slowest average connection speeds in Asia Pacific, according to a new report by Akamai.

In its latest State of the Internet Q2-2014, Akamai said the Philippines ranked 103rd on the list in terms of average connection speeds.

The Philippines only had an average Internet speed of of 2.5 Megabits per second (Mbps) in the second quarter, although this was a 58 percent improvement from year-ago figures.

The Philippines was far behind South Korea, which topped the list, with average speed of 24.6 Mbps. Hong Kong ranked second on the list with an average speed of 15.7 Mbps.

Akamai said the average global connection speed increased by 21 percent in the second quarter to hit 4.6 Mbps, while the global average peak connection speed grew 20 percent to 25.4 Mbps.

In terms of high speed Internet connectivity, Akamai said the Philippines, while showing improvement, was the only surveyed country that did not qualify for inclusion in the second quarter.

"At 430%, the Philippines’ year-over-year increase was particularly strong, as was its 150% quarter-over-quarter increase. However, with such a low high broadband adoption rate and fewer than 25,000 unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai at speeds over 10 Mbps in the second quarter, these large changes do not necessarily represent significant improvements to connectivity within the country," Akamai said.

South Korea topped the list with 78 percent of connections to Akamai at speeds above 10 Mbps.

Japan and Hong Kong also had high broadband adoption rates above 50 percent.

At the lower end, both Vietnam and Indonesia had less than 1 percent of connections to Akamai at those speeds.

Earlier this year, the Senate opened an investigation into why Internet providers don't seem to be delivering speedy connections at fair prices.