The country’s mobile internet ranking improves
By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter
PHILIPPINE MOBILE’s internet speeds improved further in November, with its global ranking climbing four places to 90and out of 138 countries, the latest data from Ookla showed.
Its median download speed for mobile internet increased from 18.21 Mbps in October to 18.68 megabits per second (Mbps). Mobile download speed increased from 5.39 Mbps to 5.64 Mbps.
Mobile internet latency, which measures how quickly a device receives a response after its user sends a request, remained at 24 milliseconds (ms), said Ookla, the network testing company behind Speedtest.
Experts have cited slow and unreliable internet connections in the Southeast Asian nation, whose residents are said to be some of the most active social media users in the world.
Smart Communications, Inc., the wireless arm of PLDT, Inc., topped Ookla’s Speed Ranking in the Philippines in the third quarter. It was the fastest mobile operator with a score of 59.71 on modern chipsets. Smart also had the lowest latency at 20ms.
Globe Telecom, Inc. scored 28.38, while telecom newcomer DITO Telecommunity Corp. scored 25.34. Globe’s median latency was 25ms, while DITO’s was 24ms.
Smart also had the fastest median download speed at 217.03 Mbps for 5G connections, followed by Globe at 114.12 Mbps.
Speed test data also showed that Caloocan City had the fastest median mobile download speed among the country’s most populous cities at 22.05 Mbps, followed by Quezon City (20.93 Mbps), Manila (18 .80 Mbps), Cebu City (15.09 Mbps) and Davao City (14.23 Mbps).
The Philippines mobile services market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% to reach $5.4 billion by 2026, according to British data analytics and consulting firm GlobalData.
This is mainly “due to the growing adoption of mobile data services“, it said on its website.
“Mobile data revenues will grow at the fastest CAGR of 6.6% between 2021 and 2026, driven by growth in 4G subscriptions and the expected rollout of 5G services.”
Meanwhile, the country’s fixed broadband ranking fell one place in November to 72n/a out of 181 countries. But download speed for the month rose to 46.44 Mbps from 45.52 Mbps in October.
Fixed broadband download speeds increased from 37.16 Mbps to 38.14 Mbps in October. Latency remained at 6ms.
GlobalData said the fixed telecom services market in the Philippines is expected to reach $4.7 billion by 2026, equivalent to a CAGR of 5%, from a starting point of $3.6 billion. dollars this year.
GlobalData expects healthy growth in broadband subscriptions as well as an increase in average broadband revenue per user.
Digital subscriber lines will remain the “dominant fixed broadband technology with 36.7% of total fixed broadband subscriptions in 2021, but will gradually lose market share over the forecast period”, according to analyst Hrushikesh Mahananda. telecommunications at GlobalData.
“Fiber broadband lines, on the other hand, will grow at a robust CAGR of 17.2% over the forecast period, supported by government and carrier investments in fiber network infrastructure and expansion of the fiber-to-the-home service,” he added.