Guess which Asian country has slower Internet than PH?


Posted at May 19 2015 11:01 AM | Updated as of May 20 2015 01:45 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The latest Ookla Speedtest only confirms what most Internet users in the Philippines know -- the country has one of the slowest average broadband speeds, not just in Asia, but in the world.

The Ookla household download index, which compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe, showed the Philippines ranked 176 out of 202 countries as of May 2015.

The Philippines' household download speed was 3.64 Megabit per second (Mbps), the second lowest among Asian countries in the index. Ookla said results were obtained by analyzing test data between April 18, 2015 and May 17, 2015.

The only Asian country that had a slower download speed than the Philippines was Afghanistan which had a download speed of 2.52 Mbps.

The Philippines' broadband speed was also way below the global average of 23.3 Mbps.

Singapore ranked 1st on the index with a blistering broadband speed of 122.43 Mbps, followed by Hong Kong with 102.96 Mbps and Saint Pierre and Miquelon with 97.11 Mbps.

Japan ranked 4th with 82.12 Mbps, followed by Romania with 73.75 Mbps, South Korea with 59.77 Mbps, Sweden with 58.48 Mbps and Lithuania with 58.43 Mbps.

Macau and Netherlands rounded out the top 10 with speeds of 50.85 and 50.66 Mbps, respectively.

Ookla said the value is the rolling mean speed in Mbps over the past 30 days, and only tests taken within 300 miles of the server are eligible for inclusion in the index.

Out of the 202 countries, the country with the slowest download speed is Equatorial Guinea with 0.93 Mbps.

Niger, Cuba, Gambia, Guinea, Congo and Syrian Arab Republic are also on the bottom of the list, with speeds of less than 2 Mbps.

Slow, expensive

In terms of upload speed, the Philippines ranked even lower on the index - 178 out of 202 countries with an average upload speed of 1.53 Mbps. This was significantly lower than the global average of 10.59 Mbps.

The cost per Mbps in the Philippines was also one of the most expensive with an average value of $18.18. To compare, the global average is $5.21. The value is the median monthly cost in US dollars per Mbps.

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

How Asian countries fared in Ookla's household speed index in May 2015:

1. Singapore - 122.43 Mbps
2. Hong Kong - 102.96 Mbps
3. Japan - 82.12 Mbps
4. South Korea - 59.77 Mbps
5. Macau - 50.66 Mbps
6. Taiwan - 50.59 Mbps
7. Thailand - 19.82 Mbps
8. Mongolia - 17.92 Mbps
9. Vietnam - 17.70 Mbps
10. Bangladesh - 9.86 Mbps
11. Cambodia 9.04 Mbps
12. Nepal 8.63 Mbps
13. Brunei 7.99 Mbps
14. Bhutan - 7.82 Mbps
15. India 7.04 Mbps
16. Malaysia 7.03 Mbps
17. Laos 6.92 Mbps
18. Indonesia 6.68 Mbps
19. Myanmar 6.54 Mbps
20. Pakistan 4.00 Mbps
21. Philippines - 3.64 Mbps
22. Afghanistan - 2.52 Mbps