PH internet still ASEAN’s slowest; are we making progress?

It has been around five months already since we reported Philippine internet speeds being the slowest in ASEAN. Since then, the issue has caught a lot of attention causing senate hearings & probing.Upon checking into Ookla’s Net Index, we can see that not much has changed.

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Net Index’s data, analyzed between August 27 & September 25 this year, reports that the Philippines has an average download speed of 3.5 mbps and an upload speed of 1.4 mbps as of writing – for broadband users. One thing to note though is that the average mobile internet speed is slightly higher at 3.6 & 1.7 mbps respectively – which is understandable given the trends of mobile internet.

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As we’ve said, there have been calls to probing and senate hearings, and so far, we’ve gotten a lot of statements on the issue. A lot of pressure is put on PLDT for not allowing IP peering, so for one case, PLDT blames abusive users for slow internet speeds and for another case, blames Filipinos’ preference for websites in English language. A lot of discussion is still going on between the government & the telcos, most of it concerning IP peering, misleading advertisements and the like. On the other hand, the NTC has already proposed a higher budget for faster internet.

So far, it looks like one of the best solutions being pushed right now is IP peering, but we still have no idea if it will all lead to this. There’s a good discussion about this on Reddit, but we have also discussed the causes and possible solutions in the past to expensive but slow Philippine internet in the following articles below:

Right now, all we have to do is to keep the fire burning. We shouldn’t let this issue just die down and be forgotten. The system needs to either allow foreign investments by abolishing 60/40, be more strict with torrent downloads, inspire competition and have companies & the government invest on infrastructure – or a combination of all.

However, all of this won’t happen if we don’t push for progress. Do you think we’ll make progress?

{Net Index}

Bob Freking occasionally contributes articles to the website. He is a UST Graduate of Commerce & Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management, and a full-time Sith Lord with three dragons.

23 Responses

  1. Slow net says:

    oo nga i abolish na yang walang kwentang 60/40 ownership n yan…iilan lng din nmn ang nakikinabang dan sa policy n yan…hay nako…mga senador tama na yang hacienda binay na yan…eto nmn pag tuunan nyo ng pansin…

  2. Xander says:

    PLDT is just one greedy company. Ngayon namimigay pa ng 30MB a day. Mabagal kasi kumilos ton government.

  3. Hen-Sheen says:

    Anti-Trust laws must be created and enforced! PLDT is a Telco Hog buying out all the possible land that they can find; any lower than 3Mbps, a countrywide riot might occur…

  4. bopols says:


  5. Mark Angelo says:

    Hangga’t mataas yung kita nila on the current speed ng internet service nila, iniisip siguro nila why they should invest more for a faster data speed kung same lang din ang kikitain nila (same no. of subscribers) nasa kanila na yan kung talagang gusto nila maging fair sa ating mga subscribers

  6. Rainbow Rat says:

    Shoot me Mayor Duterte!

    Run for Presidency please!

  7. Rainbow Rat says:

    Shoot me Mayor Duterte!


  8. Lol0 says:

    We need to have an I.T. inclined president.

  9. yabangyabadu says:

    Pinagyabang pa nga ng Globe na mas mabilis pa sila sa Smart buwahahahaha

    Wala bang bahay sa abroad o kaya hindi pa kaya sila naka experience ng internet speed sa ibang bansa ang mga bilyonaryong may ari ng mga telco na ito? at kuntento na sila sa 3.5mbps????

    pero kung kumikita ka naman kasi ng limpak limpak na bilyones sa monopoly e di daanin na lang sa KUPALMUKS

    • ariel says:

      KAPALMUKS is the ame of the game here sir! bakit kung hindi makapal mukha mo kikita ka ba ng BILYONES? siempre HINDI kaya kapal muks para maligaya sila sir!

  10. Choke Reyes tangena says:

    Mamatay na sana ako. Ishoot nyo ako sa ring pls naman!

  11. ANON says:

    wla ng pagasa ang pinas! this country is going to the dogs! khit anong gawin hanggang walang political will ang government and mawala ang mga kurakot walang mangyayari sa pinas! nakakalungkot mag give up sa sariling bayan pero ilang taon na bang umaasa ang pilipino sa pagbabago? di 1970s pa? anong petsa na!!!

  12. Arvin says:

    Hah! Every time I visit my wife in Singapore, I’m constantly reminded how much we’ve been left behind. Their government actually enacted into law a National Intellectual-something law with the aim of improving everyone’s access to information by improving their data infrastructure and making fibre broadband the standard for their homes. You know how much it costs to have a 10mbps fibre broadband plan at home over there (the basic plan)? Around 2000 pesos when converted. Here? You need to pay 20,000 for that same speed. Tsambahan na lanh kung gano ka-reliable ung 100mbps mo.

  13. Ben says:

    IP peering will help mitigate latency but not improve bandwidth. Proper regulation of consumer Internet costs and support services is the only solution.

    • Neil says:


      The test you run on that points to your ISP’s own servers is *not* an accurate representation of real world speeds.

      Furthermore, peering does not require any investment into better infrastructure. The only reason we all lag so much is because our ISPs refuse to pay for peering — something that should pretty much be par for the course for ISPs — and they still have the chutzpah to charge so much for the service.

  14. yuga pota says:

    samahan mo pa ng ads sa mga website n sandamakmak

  15. Eeekk says:

    To author

    Be more strict sa torrent? Hindi lahat ng nasa torrent illegal. A Linux distro is one sample.

    • Lol says:

      Contradicting much sir? Maka comment lang. A little comprehension naman sana, Linux user ka pa naman.

    • Bob Freking says:

      You should check out the discussion articles linked above to get a better picture of what we meant.

    • Easy E says:

      Sana sinama mo nalang sa article mo “what you meant”. Sya nga pala, are you part of the discussion that you are referring to?? Not everyone wants to read the “discussion ” in your sources.

    • Bob Freking says:

      We’re not part of the Reddit discussion, but we have tackled the issue in the two articles above.

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