The Philippines’ internet speed improved last month, according to data by global speed monitoring firm Speedtest by Ookla.
The country’s fixed broadband median download speed increased to 68.94 megabits per second (Mbps) from 60.09 Mbps in May.
Meanwhile, June’s mobile internet median download speed improved to 21.41 Mbps from 19.26 Mbps the month before.
In a statement, Information and Communications Technology Secretary Ivan John Uy welcomed the improvement in internet speeds as it “fulfills President Marcos’ marching orders to improve connectivity and e-governance in the country.”
Improvement in internet speed is largely attributed to the streamlining and speeding up of the issuance of local government unit (LGU) permits as telcos are able to fast-track building infrastructure such as cellular towers and fiber optic networks necessary for boosting services and connectivity.
The entry of Elon Musk’s Starlink into the Philippine market is also expected to improve internet speeds further.
Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc., SpaceX's wholly-owned Filipino subsidiary, received the National Telecommunications Commission's (NTC) approval earlier this year as a value-added service (VAS) provider.
The said service offers high-speed, low-latency satellite internet service with a download speed of between 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps.
Using advanced satellites in a low orbit, Starlink will enable video calls, online gaming, streaming and other high-data activities that historically have not been possible with satellite internet. —VBL, GMA News