As PH ranks 6th in global mobile internet speed
GLOBE Telecom Inc. reiterated its commitment to further improve the state of the Philippine internet after a survey conducted by content delivery network and cloud services provider Akamai Technologies showed the Philippines ranked 6th in global mobile Internet speeds.
“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,” Globe president & CEO Ernest Cu said on Friday.
Globe said its efforts to improve 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.
With an average speed of 8.5 Mbps, the Philippines ranked 6th in the average mobile Internet connection speed, according to the Q2 2016 Akamai State of the Internet Report.
The report also said the Philippines had a peak mobile speed of 105.1 Mbps, the third fastest in the Asia Pacific next to Australia and Thailand.
Cu emphasized Globe is maximizing the use of additional frequency assets it obtained from the sellout of San Miguel’s telco assets in line with its commitment to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to deploy about 4,500 multiband, multimode software defined radio base station equipment to 95 percent of total municipalities and cities in the country, intended to improve speed and reliability of mobile internet services.
To date, Globe has already completed deployment of LTE 700 in 200 sites, mostly in Metro Manila, as well as LTE 2600 in 900 sites, mostly in the Visayas and Mindanao.
Globe has also expanded its GoWiFi network as it recently completed deployment of the service in close to 500 sites that include Ayala Malls, fast food chains, bus terminals, convenience stores and other public places.
Cu added that Globe is working on widening its WiFi coverage and plan to deploy GoWiFi services in close to 1,000 sites across the country to include 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 are able to access the service for free for 30 minutes a day, customers can easily purchase GoWiFi credits which they can use in any GoWiFi hotspot.
According to Cu, the company is also about to complete deployment of free Wi-Fi services in all MRT Line 3 stations, which is expected to benefit around 350,000 daily passengers of MRT Line 3. Each passenger will get free Wi-Fi access for 30 minutes daily.
Globe has also signed an agreement to provide free Wi-Fi services in all 20 LRT stations. In addition, Globe will also provide a fiber optic cable system that will extend the length of the entire LRT 1 and cover 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 wireless infrastructure in MMDA-controlled areas as part of its efforts to enhance network coverage and capacities.
The Akamai report also showed the Philippines has an average internet speed of 4.3 Mbps in fixed broadband, up by 24 percent quarter-on-quarter and 27 percent year-on-year.
The country registered the strongest growth in Asia Pacific region in terms of “above 4Mbps connectivity adoption” at 33 percent adoption rate, growing 79 percent quarter-on-quarter and 116 percent year-on-year.
For above 10 Mbps connectivity adopted, the country showed a 5 percent adoption, growing by 86 percent quarter-on-quarter and 683 percent year-on-year.
For 15Mbps connectivity adoption rate, the country is at a nascent 2.1 percent adoption, up 109 percent quarter-on-quarter and 872 percent year-on-year.