Akamai reports Philippine internet now at 2.0Mbps

Akamai reports Philippine internet now at 2.0Mbps

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.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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17 Responses

  1. Yusuf says:

    It’s good to know that we’re improving. The next thing we need to do is fight the data caps and “fair” usage policies.

  2. Hen-Sheen says:

    From 3 down 2Mbps, no consistency! It’s like watching the Godfather trilogy on VCD to DVD and back to VCD (Quality is too costly, let’s put that product out on the market with a consequence…); who checked those Server Farms anyway!? I know there’s Quality Control on those ISP’s, but here in the Philippines? It’s a whole new ballgame!

  3. ryan says:

    Kanya kanyang bayad din mga telco pra magmukhang mabilis ang internet ntin. kungang binabayad nyo jan eh ipang improved nyo ng structure nyo mas ok. tae.

  4. Zobel says:

    Max ko 4.9 Mbps smart prepaid. Stable sya 2-4 Mbps. I live in a semi-rural area. Take note mas mabagal sa siyudad lalo na pag peak hours.

  5. Freeje says:

    They can put up any numbers they like but ask anyone and they still say that the speed is way too slow. The ad for Globe’s LTE is a joke! The fine print says that depending on the location the minimum speed is 12-48 kbps! Depending on location? It should read “in all locations”

  6. Arnel says:

    Internet connection is still a joke in the Philippines kahit ano pang ilabas na data, iba ung na-e-experience kaysa sa sinasabi lang period..

    • We think the report reflects the reality that in the Philippines, you can get really fast internet around 100Mbps, as long as you can afford the steep fees.

    • obt says:

      Afford ? WTF ! In reality. Sobrang hina talaga ng internet natin sa sobrang mahal na halaga. ikumpara mo sa ibang bansa ang bilis ng internet nila at mabagal internet natin sa parehong presyo. Wala na lang magawa ang mga tao para lang makasabay, pinupurchase na lang dahil mabilis kahit mahal.

  7. 6/55 says:

    i think kaya tumaas average speed natin noong q4 of 2013 ay dahil sa pag-upgrade ng PLDT ng connection speed ng plan 999 from 1Mbps to 3Mbps at sumunod din ang bayanDSL. but still, mahal pa rin kung ikukumpara sa ibang bansa

  8. ceegii63 says:

    waw naman BIGTIME 2mbps >.<

  9. XTN says:

    The question isn’t how fast but how consistent and how much? 1k/month is 15%-20% pay of an average filipino.

  10. MerciDroid says:

    How I wish remove the FUP…

  11. liwetan says:

    So this just means if you got the greens, you get the means? Internet connection is now becoming a human need. The ones in the Philippines are too expensive for too low of a quality of connection, customer service, reliability etc.

  12. It’s probably good to note, that the increase was probably due to the growing adoption of LTE. Though the DSL speeds are still the same or even worse than the previous months.

  13. cadiwa says:

    I used to uninstall Akamai Netsession interface because it disrupts our company’s connection and browser in that matter. So, I don’t think I can believe this company.

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