PH mobile internet ranks 6th in APAC in latest Akamai report
Globe network stimulates higher mobile speed experience
For the first time in years, Akamai Technologies included the Philippines in the ranking for mobile internet speeds and the results did not disappoint Filipino consumers.
With 8.5 Mbps, the Philippines ranked 6th in terms of average mobile internet connection speed according to the 2nd Akamai State of Internet Report. The latest Akamai report also reveals that the Philippines achieved 105.1 Mbps peak mobile speed, the third highest in Asia Pacific after Australia and Thailand.
Globe Telecom’s efforts to improve the internet experience of its customers advanced significantly in the first 100 days of the Duterte administration as the company managed to drive the mobile internet speed ranking of the Philippines with its 1st World Internet campaign.
Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu reiterated the company is committed to improve the state of internet in order to make the Philippines admired globally. “More and more Filipinos are becoming dependent on fast and reliable internet connectivity, it is imperative that telco operators like Globe work closely with the government in expanding and improving telecommunication services,” Cu said.
Cu emphasized Globe is maximizing the use of additional frequency assets obtained from the sellout of San Miguel’s telco assets. This is in line with its commitment to the National Telecommunications Commission to deploy about 4,500 multiband, multimode software defined radio base station equipment to 95% of total municipalities and cities in the country, for the improvement of overall customer experience in terms of the speed and reliability of mobile internet services.
To date, Globe has completed the deployment of LTE 700 in 200 sites, mostly within Metro Manila, and LTE 2600 in 900 sites, mostly within Visayas and Mindanao. According to Cu, the sites where the LTE 700 and LTE 2600 have been deployed cover major business districts, and highly-urbanized and populated areas in the country.
Cu further disclosed that Globe also expanded its GoWiFi network to 500 sites that include Ayala Malls, fast food chains, bus terminals, convenience stores and other public places. He added that Globe is working on widening its WiFi coverage and plans to deploy GoWiFi services in close to 1,000 sites across the country. This will provide WiFi coverage not only for Metro Manila but also for Davao, Cebu, Bulacan, Cavite, Cagayan Valley, Cagayan de Oro, Nueva Vizcaya, Dumaguete, Zamboanga, and Boracay.
Launched in 2015, GoWiFi, the company’ premium open national WiFi network, is now serving close to 3 million customers per month. The company’s national WiFi network is open to any customer with a WiFi enabled device. While customers can access the service 30 minutes a day for free, customers can easily purchase GoWiFi credits for use at any GoWiFi hotspot.
According to Cu, the company is also about to complete the deployment of free Wi-Fi services at all MRT Line 3 stations to enable Globe customers riding the MRT to efficiently make use of their transit time thru free internet access.
The deployment of free Wi-Fi services is expected to benefit around 350,000 daily passengers of MRT Line 3 whereas each passenger will be given free Wi-Fi access for 30 minutes daily. Cu also emphasized that the provision of free WiFi services across all MRT3 stations is part of the company’s initiative to enhance network capacities.
Aside from MRT Line 3, Globe also signed an agreement to provide free Wi-Fi services at all 20 LRT stations. In addition to deployment of WiFi services, Globe will also provide a fiber optic cable system that will extend the length of the entire LRT 1, covering all LRT stations and LRMC’s depot in Pasay City. Globe also recently signed with the Metro Manila Development Authority a similar agreement that will allow the telco provider to deploy a wireless infrastructure at MMDA controlled areas as part of its efforts to enhance network coverage and capacities.
The 2Q Akamai report showed the Philippines has an average internet speed of 4.3 Mbps with fixed broadband, up by 24% QoQ and 27% YoY. The country registered the strongest growth in the Asia Pacific region in terms of “above 4 Mbps connectivity adoption” at 33% adoption rate, growing 79% QoQ and 116% YoY.
For above 10 Mbps connectivity adopted, the country showed a 5% adoption, growing by 86% QoQ and 683% YoY. For the 15 Mbps connectivity adoption rate, the country is at a nascent 2.1% adoption, up 109% QoQ and 872% YoY.