Internet speeds in the Philippines are now faster, according to DICT.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said that internet speeds in the Philippines are now faster.
In President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Talk to the People” briefing aired Tuesday morning, DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II said that average fixed broadband internet speeds jumped by about 800%, while mobile internet speeds leaped by about 300% as compared to the speeds in 2016.
According to Honasan, internet speeds have accelerated because of the continuous increase in the number of towers and fiber in the country.
“Dahil sa patuloy na pagdami ng mga tore at fiber, bumilis na ang Internet speed,” Honasan said.
Citing data from Speedtest by Ookla, Honasan reported that the country’s average fixed broadband speed was clocked at 72.56 Mbps (megabits per second) as of August this year.
In comparison, Honasan pointed out that the country’s fixed broadband speed back in July 2016 was measured at 7.91 Mbps. On the other hand, Honasan reported that the country’s mobile speeds rose from 7.44 Mbps in July 2016 to 33.77 Mbps as of August 2021.
Citing data from the NTC (National Telecommunications Commission), Honasan reported that around 980,000 km. of fiber optic cables have already been laid out in the country as of July.
According to Honasan, the Department of Information and Communications Technology had installed 10,966 free Wi-Fi sites across the country as of last month under its “Free Wi-Fi for All” program.
He also noted that the program achieved a 500% increase in its rollout rate in 2020. The DICT activated a total of 4,305 sites in 2020 compared to its previous annual average of 800 sites per year from 2016 to 2019.
“Itong connectivity, yung access to data and information, is now classified as a right. Parang food, clothing, shelter, education, health services, and then access to data and information,” Honasan said.