In July 2013 we reported that Akamai, an Internet content delivery network, indicated that the average connection speed in the Philippines is 1.4Mbps with an average peak of 13.8Mbps. By end of 2013, they’ve reported that the Philippines average has increased to 2.0Mbps with a 42% year-on-year increase.
While we are still far behind from neighboring ASEAN countries such as Singapore, HK and Thailand, the average speeds have increased significantly within the 6-month period (2nd half of 2013).
Below, we plotted the table of average connection speeds and the average peak connection speed.
The Philippines was #7 of 9 countries in Average Connection Speeds in Q2 of 2013 but by Q4 of the same year, it went up to #6 of 9. The jump in average speed of 1.4Mbps to 2.0Mbps in a span of 6 months represents an increase of 42.8%.
When we looked at the Average Peak Connection Speed, the Philippines was #5 of 9 countries in Q2 of 2013 at 13.8Mbps. By Q4 of 2013, the Philippines bumped Malaysia to become #4 of 9 countries.
The same report also shared vital information about the Philippines’ broadband usage. The percentage of users with connections speeds higher than 10Mbps (on average) is about 0.2% of the whole base (or about 8,800 of the 4.4 million broadband subscribers). The percentage of users with connection speeds higher than 4Mbps (on average) is only about 3.6% of the whole base (about 158,400 of the 4.4 million broadband subscribers).
There is a 136% increase in number of users with higher than 4Mbps average connection speeds from 2012 to 2013.
Editor’s Note: There are significant differences between the reports of Akamai above and the one presented by ASEAN DNA the other week (see story here). This is due to the data gathering method employed by both. ASEAN DNA took only a one month sample while Akamai generated the report on the entire quarter of Q4 2013.